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    Terence Corcoran: Ontario Liberals’ power regime a fiasco

    Terence Corcoran: Ontario Liberals’ power regime a fiasco

    Terence Corcoran | December 2, 2015 | Last Updated: Dec 3 10:58 AM ET

    At least now it must be seen as official: Ontario’s electricity regime is a gargantuan fiasco, a dysfunctional, overpriced, mismanaged system that for most of the last decade has been abandoned to the provincial Liberals’ gross incompetence and deliberate abuse of governance.

    In strong language and clear analysis leading to straight-shooting conclusions, Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk has delivered one of the most devastating audit reports on government bungling and malpractice in Canadian history.

    Ontario consumers and small business owners already know the hard fact: the cost of electricity has almost doubled under the McGuinty/Wynne regimes, from 5.32 cents per kilowatt hour to 10.10 cents, with many more increases to come.

    Most of the increased burden on consumers is going to pay for electricity capacity the province doesn’t need. While prices have doubled, electricity production has dropped from 152 terawatt hours in 2007 to 140 in 2014.

    There’s much to learn in the report. Mostly importantly, its account of Ontario’s handling of the provincial electricity industry should serve as a red flag to all Canadians. At a time when governments at all levels are planning to embark on massive infrastructure and climate projects — from mass transit in Toronto to carbon control extravaganzas in Alberta — the electricity report suggests Canada’s political regimes may not be up to the governance levels required.

    The only people today who might still be standing on guard for Ontario’s coal-free, wind-racked and sunburned electricity system are the scores of freeloading corporations — wind farm hucksters, gas plant owners, solar panel installers — to whom the Liberals gave fat contracts at bonus prices that were well above market rates.

    The AG reports that consumers have transferred billions of dollars to companies supplying green renewables on the basis of contracts awarded at grossly inflated prices. Because of the lack of competitive pricing for new power sources, nominally to replace coal generation, Lysyk estimates the extra burden on ratepayers at $9.2 billion — to pay for contracts at double to triple the going market price.

    Over the next 17 years, she says consumers are expected to shell out about $133 billion in adjustments to cover the cost of the Liberals’ massive and scandalous restructuring of the electricity supply industry. Many of the dollars will go to pay companies to not produce electricity.

    While much of the disaster has been known, the AG reveals the deliberate policy actions, rule-skirting, governance abuses and arbitrary decisions that have been the norm over a decade of Liberal rule in Ontario.

    Consider this short selection from her long list of descriptive conclusions:

    • Over the last decade, Ontario’s power-system planning process has essentially broken down and has not had a technical plan in place.

    • The Ministry of Energy told the AG that a technical plan was no longer warranted at one point because the process is expensive, lengthy and inflexible for responding to market changes.

    • Operating outside the checks and balances of the legislated planning process, the ministry has made several decisions about power generation that have resulted in significant costs to electricity consumers.

    • After a two-month stakeholder consultation process for its 2010 policy plan, the document was released just five days after the consultation period ended. The ministry could not provide a summary of the consultation results.

    • The government scaled back the role of the regulators and took to issuing ministerial directives by the hundreds.

    "We found no evidence that ministerial directives and directions were supported by public consultations or economic analysis disclosed to the public,” the report says.

    Then there are the individual scandals, projects political that leave consumers paying for grossly inefficient and costly schemes.

    A Hydro project on the Lower Mattagami produces electricity at a cost of $135. MWh, nearly triple a similar project on another river. Another biomass project in Thunder Bay came in at $1,600/MWh — about 25 times the average for other biomass projects in the province.

    Ontario now exports electricity at a loss, often having to pay the state of New York or other jurisdictions to take the power. Contrary to the official government stance, the AG says the province is losing money on exports.

    No cost-benefit analysis, lack of transparency, no interim reporting, incomplete technical reviews, lack of ministerial direction to agencies, arbitrary ministerial decisions, limited regulatory oversight, lack of consultation — the Ontario Liberals did all that they should not have been doing and nothing that they should have been doing.

    Is anything right about Ontario’s electricity system? If there is, Ontario’s attorney general does not appear to have found it.

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    It's a shock. Shock i say.

    You get what you vote for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxer View Post
    It's a shock. Shock i say.

    You get what you vote for.

    I did no such thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxer View Post
    It's a shock. Shock i say.

    You get what you vote for.
    I can assure you that I did not get what I voted for.

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    How is it we as Canadians allow this to continue to happen? Heads need to roll. Paying New York to take our power. Wow.
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    And now those same bad "management" practices will be applied across Canada in the name of fighting "Climate Change". The little "progressive" piggies are bellying up to the trough.

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    At some point there will be a reconing

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    The biggest problem with electrical energy is storing it.

    BC gets paid to take power from the eastern seaboard. Dams act as resistors because the coal plants take too long to shut down while power usage tapers off.

    Air Liquide ran their operations in Texas by their power consumption variable rate, which changed every fifteen minutes. They were getting free electricity in an industry where that's the biggest expense.

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    Ontario Liberals’ a fiasco.

    Allow our Rightful Liberty or .....

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