Category Archives: Utility Reform

The city has been trying to rein in executive bonuses at Toronto Hydro. Last year the CEO took home a bonus of more than $640,000

Straddling both the private and public sectors, Toronto Hydro is tricky to define. Its executive payouts call into question: who runs the show? Energy Probe is quoted in this look at Hydro exec earnings by the Toronto Star’s Christine Dobby.

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The Texas power failure and what to do about it

Unpacking the Texas power outage and how to avoid similar in future. Legal expert Andrew Roman breaks down what happened and how to increase reliability.

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Alberta’s winning hand

A principled leader would deliver sovereignty, or a Fair Deal within Canada.

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Consuming less drives up costs for Class B ratepayers

(November 3, 2019) Consuming less means lower costs, right? Not in Ontario. Continue reading

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Wind turbines – clearly not needed

(October 30, 2019) Energy blogger Parker Gallant looks at a day of wind in October and finds that just one day provides a good example of what wind turbines do on spring and fall days. While ratepayers take a beating, the president of CanWEA talks up wind’s reliability and low-cost! Continue reading

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Three days of wind and costs skyrocket

(October 16, 2019) Those breezes over the Thanksgiving weekend were turning the blades of industrial wind turbines throughout the province. But the costs and benefits of IWT are not something to be thankful for. Continue reading

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CanWEA’s President finally speaks some truth

(October 14, 2019) For those who may have missed it, CanWEA just held their annual conference in Calgary for the 2nd year in a row. They published some interesting stuff, including the announcement that they’re planning to merge with CanSIA. That’s right. CanWEA and CanSIA, probably the two most expensive sources of unreliable electricity in Canada. Continue reading

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Michigan’s GDP and jobs grow—with a $4.5 billion subsidy (and growing) from Ontario ratepayers

(October 6, 2019) How was Michigan able to maintain rate increases below inflation while Ontario’s increases were well above? As it turns out, Michigan is a large purchaser of Ontario’s surplus electricity generation. Continue reading

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September 30, 2019 – just another high-cost electricity day in Ontario

If every day was like September 30, 2019, Ontario ratepayers would be paying $2.7 billion for power consumed elsewhere, while operators of FIT generators would be stuffing money in their bank accounts. Continue reading

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Ford government floundering on electricity portfolio

The IESO’s monthly market report for August broke several records and none of them were to the benefit of Ontario ratepayers. Continue reading

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