The OPA: Gone without the Plan

The OPA: Gone without the Plan

Today the Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley announced the merger of the OPA with IESO that will somehow save the ratepayers and taxpayers $25 million dollars in the electricity sector. To put that in perspective that would be about 10 days of gross revenue we will pay to Samsung when they have installed their 2500 MW of wind and solar generation and approximately .2 % of the approximately $15 billion gross revenue ratepayers make annually to ensure they can turn on their lights in the Province.

The demise of the OPA should not be a surprise to anyone as they were originally established as a temporary agencyto produce a long term Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP). The OPA did produce one but when George Smitherman was the Energy Minister he ordered it tossed in the garbage as he created the Green Energy and Economy Act (Act) in its place; at the bidding of the green energy sustainable crowd. So this temporary agency created by the Liberals spent 8 years and have nothing to show for it except for a stack of renewable wind and solar contracts that have driven up Ontario’s ratepayers bills by over 100% with more increases to follow. Another Smitherman/Liberal legacy that will burden the Province for decades. For a quick look at where we were and where we are today the following chart highlights the lack of progress and increasing costs of the OPA and IESO.
As further evidence it is worth noting that the 2003 sunshine list had only 168 IESO employees on the list but the merged entity will have over 400 for a growth of 140%. The fact that IESO is a union shop (the OPA wasn’t) will no doubt serve to push the incoming OPA salaries to higher levels as the extraction of money from ratepayers pockets continues. That touted $25 million savings will disappear before ratepayers experience any benefit.
So eight years have gone by and Ontario is still waiting for the Liberal promise of a IPSP that will produce a plan for the electricity sector.
Some plan, some legacy for our children!
Parker Gallant,
April 18, 2012

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