Lights off in Ottawa-area business: government energy policies to blame

An Ottawa-area grower, who tried to install energy-efficient systems in his greenhouse operation, has been forced by the Ontario government’s energy policies to cut back his operations. The increase in electricity bills and now the carbon tax, SunTech owner Bob Mitchell says, have forced him to take drastic steps to cut costs. Even then, his business plan for this year is to “break even” not make a profit, which is “stupid” he admits.

How long can he, and other Ontario businesses such as this one, providing locally grown food, go on?

Part of the reason for Ontario’s high electricity bills is the expensive contracts signed for intermittent wind power, which the Auditor General has said Ontario is paying above market prices for.

$% billion more wind power contracts are due to come onstream, soon.

See the story here

http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1072926

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Bert
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After Liberal spending of 50 billion on the electricity system in Ontario, the first storm puts the lights out in South West Ontario.
Great work Wynne ,Thibeault and Hydro One.

Pat Cusack
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Check your hydro bill carefully. My last two bills doubled the KWH consumed even though we were away for roughly 25% of the time. When I complained to hydro the lady tried to tell me the increase was because hydro rates increased. They are supposed to check my meter but don’t know when. Over the previous 2 years my consumption per day was consistant and now has doubled with no changes other than we were away 25% of the time. Bernie

Stan Thayer
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Windmills and solar farms cannot supply industry. Industry creates pollution that is not green. The Green Energy Act is working. The green in this case is a metaphor for money. Will this Liberals ever have enough green energy?
The only industry growing in Ontario is the government!
Stan Thayer Alexandria On.

Notinduttondunwich
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I think I saw that one… it was a 2nd global adjustment charge that was backdated to December and January of this year… they just tack that on ….. what are you gonna do about it.. lol….. buy yer hydro from someone else…. lol!!! I have a bill from a hydro one customer that states clearly a delivery charge of $50 – $70 monthly before the customer qualifies for the rural remote rebate program… the next month the customer uses less than 750 Kwh for the month and actually qualifies for the rural remote rebate program…. thier delivery charge ….
$53. 00….. that’s right kids…. after a $60.50 Rural remote rebate program discount on your delivery charges…. dellivery charges are still $53.00!!!
Sure is windy out there tonight!!! Hope were not spilling any power…

Bert
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Big wind projects in South West Ontario were turned off yesterday. From generating maximum to zero. I wonder if the grid operator ordered to shut down part of the grid to protect it.
Cause of outage; “severe weather conditions”.

Stan Thayer
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GOOD NEWS!—–The banks will soon be giving away money because they won’t have anyplace to put it al. Thanks to the Wynne Liberals all monies in the province of Ontario will be filtered to the upper levels of financial management. The numbers being moved to the top investors is staggering. Lies, inuendo and rhetoric seem to be the norm from this government! Anything goes to keep the bribes and kickbacks flowing to those on side. Ask them anything and the answer will make no sense.
How can we expect anyone to take over this moral mess not knowing whose account to pander. Anyone that does have the know-how would never attempt it.
My sympathies go out to the ontario grid control workers in Barrie that continue to follow the up and down swings of the windmills and solar farms with little thanks!
Let’s come up with a different strategy!
Stan Thayer

Stan Thayer
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Want the facts?
On March 9 2017, 5:30pm, the windmill output for all of Ontario on that blustery day was 817mw sporatic.
At the same time the output from one generator at Bruce Power, #8, was 817mw nominal. Windmill power is household power and it is estimated that 10 million windmills would be needed to supply just the rural residences of Ontario and, (of course), only when the wind blows.
I am all for renewable energy, it is a must do, but not like this. In Ontario windmills are a waste of energy. They are the wrong technology being installed in the wrong places at the wrong point in time!
AND I CAN PROVE IT!
Stan Thayer CET Alexandria On.

Notinduttondunwich
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Be careful there Stan …. no one likes a know it all!!!! As long as your proof is the same as the government proof then you are OK…. if your proof is based on truth then the Liberals are not interested in it… proven time and time again…. the liberala are huge fans of “alternative facts”….

Richard Mann
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The problem is Wind and Solar are not reducing C02 and our government will not admit this costly failure. Ontario’s professional Engineers, those tasked with generation, transmission and billing, have reported the problem. our government continues to build more wind and solar.

Reference: “Ontario’s Electricity Dilemma – Achieving Low Emissions at Reasonable Electricity Rates”. Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). April 2015.
(Archived at: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ospe.on.ca/resource/resmgr/DOC_advocacy/2015_Presentation_Elec_Dilem.pdf)

Page 15 of 23. “Why Will Emissions Double as We Add Wind and Solar Plants ?”

– Wind and Solar require flexible backup generation.

– Nuclear is too inflexible to backup renewables without expensive engineering changes to the reactors.

– Flexible electric storage is too expensive at the moment.

– Consequently natural gas provides the backup for wind and solar in North America.

– When you add wind and solar you are actually forced to reduce nuclear generation to make room for more natural gas generation to provide flexible backup.

– Ontario currently produces electricity at less than 40 grams of CO2 emissions/kWh.

– Wind and solar with natural gas backup produces electricity at about 200 grams of CO2 emissions/kWh. Therefore adding wind and solar to Ontario’s grid drives CO2 emissions higher. From 2016 to 2032 as Ontario phases out nuclear capacity to make room for wind and solar, CO2 emissions will double (2013 LTEP data).

– In Ontario, with limited economic hydro and expensive storage, it is mathematically impossible to achieve low CO2 emissions at reasonable electricity prices without nuclear generation.

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