The truth about saving electricity

Ottawa energy economist Robert Lyman has responded to an advertising campaign in that city about how conservation efforts are paying off for consumers.
Not so, he says. “How about some truth in advertising?
” When the Ontario government advertises about “saving energy,” it is not talking about saving consumers money. It is talking about— in theory— reducing the costs associated with generating and transporting electrical energy to consumers. Reducing demand usually refers to two things: reducing the overall average use of electricity and switching the use of electricity from the peak periods of day and season to other times. Reducing the average use over time reduces the amount of generating capacity of all kinds that the electrical utilities need to build. Reducing the peak uses can, in theory, cut the amount of peaking capacity (electrical energy generation capacity that stands idle to be used when needed) that has to be built.
So, in theory, Ontario wants us all to use less electricity so that its utilities won’t have to build more expensive generating plants and transmissions lines. This is where things start to get bizarre…”
Read the full article courtesy Ottawa Wind Concerns, here.

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  • Greg Latiak
    Posted July 13, 2015 8:36 am 0Likes

    What has gotten lost, if it was ever there to begin with, is ‘what problem are we trying to solve’? After all, the ‘Green Energy’ act was in effect a war measures bill in that it abrogated a whole bunch of laws and legal protections to expedite their program. Hopefully there is more to it than using the government to increase sales for the wind companies that some of the players were connected with.

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