Category Archives: Costs, Benefits and Risks

Lawrence Solomon: How global warming policies have led to global insecurity

(September 4, 2014) Limits on energy production in the West enabled conflicts in the Ukraine and the Middle East. Continue reading

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Parker Gallant: Electricity in Ontario—Premier Wynne’s transparency is opaque

(August 5, 2014) According to the 2012 Yearbook of Electricity Distributors on the OEB’s (Ontario Energy Board) website the total electricity purchased by local distribution companies (LDCs) in Ontario for 2012 was 125.3 terawatts (TWh).

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Parker Gallant: Wind turbines and solar panels bring Ontario energy poverty: Chapter 2

The first Chapter on “energy poverty” introduced the reader to LIEN (Low-Income Energy Network) and APCH (A Place Called Home), of the City of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton County. Continue reading

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Parker Gallant: Wind turbines and solar panels bring Ontario energy poverty: Chapter 1

Green sustainable energy is working for Ontario making us all more prosperous.” There are a large number of people in Ontario who would disagree with that statement and they are reflected in the increasing number of people living in “energy poverty”. Continue reading

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Ontario’s HOEP should become HOPE and GAM become GAS

(May 29, 2014) Those who pay attention to their electricity bills in Ontario will recognize the acronyms “HOEP” and “GAM” as two key components in the makeup of our electricity bills.

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Parker Gallant: Hydro One, how’s that new billing system working out?

(January 24, 2014) In the spring of 2013, Hydro One launched their new “real time” billing system, allowing them to generate an additional $160 million (reported as an $80 annual cost for a consumer of 800 kWh per month) of … Continue reading

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Parker Gallant: Thunder Bay, gored with the Wynne

(November 24, 2013) Seen by the Liberals and Environmental Defence (ED) as a breath taking moment for Ontario, the high priest of Global Warming, Al Gore arrived in Toronto to heap praise on the Premier and the Ontario Liberal Party at an event at MaRS Discovery District on November 21, 2013. Continue reading

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Parker Gallant: Pumped storage equals pumped energy prices

(November 18, 2013) As Hans and Franz of SNL fame used to say, “we want to pump you up,” and that appears to be what Northland Power Inc. want to do with a water-filled abandoned iron ore mine in Marmora, Ontario. Continue reading

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Parker Gallant: Wynne Government picks ratepayers pockets for wind turbine developers

(November 16, 2013) While Premier Wynne was out jogging in the countryside – sans any turbines in the background – for the recently released Liberal promo, many of us ratepayers were having our pockets picked. Continue reading

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Parker Gallant: Street Lighting and other Liberal “Revenue Tools”

(October 30, 2013) How “conservation” drives up your realty taxes. Continue reading

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