National seniors organization targets Ontario electricity bills
Wind power contracts a factor in highest rising bills in North America
The Canadian Association of Retired Persons or CARP has created a “Heat or Eat” campaign designed to focus on the plight of senior citizens in Ontario, who are being affected by the province’s rapidly increasing electricity bills.
CARP has created an online petition, and plans a special television event with a panel of experts to look at the choices people on fixed incomes have to make, such as heating their home or buying food, or paying for medication.
“Shame on you, Kathleen Wynne!” says a senior profiled in a Zoomer TV video.
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) officials have admitted that Ontario’s above-market contracts with generators of renewable power such as wind, are a significant factor in the rising electricity bills, which are now the fastest rising in North America. While the government has announced certain measures for relief on electricity bills, the government has yet to introduce any real measures to actually reduce costs, such as the cancellation of wind power contracts awarded in 2016, which will cost Ontario citizens more than $3 billion over 20 years. Ontario has a surplus of power generation which is expected to persist for the next 10 years.