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(October 1, 2015) Soaring hydro costs are offsetting ratepayer conservation efforts and hurting conservers most, according to a new joint study by the Consumer Policy Institute and Energy Probe.
It sure doesn’t look like “Ontario saved $3.8 billion in avoided electricity supply costs,” and are instead caught up in a shell game perpetrated by the governing Liberal Party! Continue reading
In 1974, in response to the OPEC oil crisis, Energy Probe argued that the western countries should allow oil prices to rise to market levels (then called “world oil prices”) as a means to eliminate shortages. This policy, opposed at … Continue reading
Energy board calls for central agency
Clean Air Alliance says idea would fail
Ontario should set up a central agency to design programs to reduce demand for electricity and natural gas in the province, says a staff report to the Ontario Energy Board.
But an environmental group says that approach is doomed to fail because the utilities that are supposed to help deliver conservation programs would be punished for success, as their sales and profits would decline.
A company from Almonte, just west of Ottawa, has developed a new smart meter that could help reduce Ontario’s power crunch. The device from Triacta Power Technologies enables owners of apartment buildings to charge each tenant for the exact amount of electricity used.
Toronto: As temperatures soar across the country, Canadians are being reminded to dim the lights, turn down the air conditioning and join provincial governments in embracing a culture of energy conservation.
But while most critics agree people have good intentions, they say preserving the country’s fragile electricity resources is still relatively low on the national priority list.
Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator issued a power warning on Tuesday as blistering heat and humidity fueled power demand to record levels, urging consumers to curb electricity use until 8 p.m. EDT to ease the strain on the bulk system.
"We are going to be relying on imports over the peak (afternoon) hour but at this point, we are anticipating being able to meet demand," said Lisa Pearson, an IESO spokeswoman.
Six of Ontario’s largest electric utilities say conservation programs saved enough power last year to take nearly 34,000 homes off the grid.
The utilities – Toronto Hydro, Hydro Ottawa, Horizon Utilities, Veridian Connections, PowerStream and Enersource Hydro Mississauga – represent 1.7 million customers in southern and eastern Ontario.