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Electricity Pricing – Auditor General comments and more

May 21, 2018 – Hydro sparks election debate, but parties’ promises don’t add up (Toronto Star)

May 18, 2018 – Sound bytes and witch hunts won’t quell hydro anger (Waterloo Record)

May 18, 2018 – Plugging Away at Ontario’s Hydro Issues (TVO)

May 15, 2018 – Hydro rates should be subsidized. Borrowing now ensures future capacity (Jatin Nathwani, Toronto Star – Opinion)

April 10, 2018 – WEBINAR: Making Connections: Straight Talk About Electricity in Ontario  Highlights from the 2018 Energy Conservation Progress Report, Volume One (Environmental Commissioner of Ontario)

November 2017 – OEB Electricity Rate Comparison

October 26, 2017 – Your hydro bill will go up, whatever the government says (TVO)
New energy plan may predict lower prices — but it assumes lower consumption

October 26, 2017 – Ontario’s 2017 Long Tern Energy Plan

October 17, 2017 – Auditor General Says Provincial Government Plans to Obscure the Financial Impact of Electricity Rate Cuts 
“In a Special Report, the Auditor General says the government created an unnecessary, complex
financing structure to keep the true financial impact of most of its 25% electricity-rate reduction off the Province’s books—a decision that could cost Ontarians up to $4 billion more than necessary in interest costs over the next 30 years. “

June 7, 2017 – Customers stunned Hydro One asking for rate increase (CBC News)

June 6, 2017 – Premier Wynne must deny Hydro One proposal to increase distribution rates: Brown (Toronto Sun)

June 4, 2017 – Hydro One Networks Inc. has applied to the Ontario Energy Board to increase electricity distribution rates. Increases for a typical residential customer are expected to be between $2 and $3 per month each year starting in 2018 through 2022. This proposed increase is subject to Ontario Energy Board rate application EB 2017-0049.  

May 24, 2017 – Ontario’s hydro plan will cost $21 billion more than it saves — it’s terrible public policy (Ottawa Citizen)

May 24, 2017 – Hydro rate-cut will ultimately cost $21B, watchdog warns (Toronto Star)

May 22, 2017 – Electricity policy: What went wrong in Ontario  (Globe and Mail)

April 5, 2017 – How Ontario can end the cycle of meddling in electricity markets (Globe and Mail)

March 17, 2017 – Liberals’ ‘self-congratulatory’ hydro ads ripped by Auditor General, Opposition (Ottawa Sun)

March 15, 2017 – Hydro Announcement Pushes More Voters into Undecided Column  (Mainstream)

March 8, 2017 – NDP hydro plan gives money to citizens, not banks: Horwath (Toronto Star)

March 7, 2017 – Reducing hydro bills the fairer way forward: Wynne (Toronto Star)

March 6, 2017 – Cottage owners cut off from Kathleen Wynne’s hydro bill slash (CBC)

March 6, 2017 – Outrage not justified on Ontario electricity prices (TVO)

March 3, 2017 – Rural electricity customers wary of Ontario’s rate cuts (CBC)

March 3, 2017 – Ontario Liberals hope hydro plan will douse voter anger (CBC)

March 2, 2017 – Ontario Cutting Electricity Bills by 25 Per Cent (Government of Ontario)


Wynne’s hydro plan is full of risk and driven by fear, and that’s politics for you (Ottawa Citizen)

Will Kathleen Wynne’s last-ditch hydro fix just add to the mess? (Globe and Mail)

Kathleen Wynne’s sleazy, desperate hydro ploy to fool Ontarians is, well, brilliant (Financial Post)

Generations will pay for Liberals’ hydro blunders (Toronto Sun)

Ontario hydro bill reductions to ultimately cost ratepayers more (Canadian Press)

Ontario’s plan to slash hydro rates to cost billions in long term (Globe and Mail)

Hydro rates to drop 17%, but Ontarians will pay for it later  (CBC)

Hydro rate increases will be held to inflation after 25% cut  (Toronto Star)

March 1, 2017 – Our hydro hysteria generates hydro hypocrisy (Toronto Star)

February 28, 2017 – NDP has a big, bold, bad plan to cut Ontario’s electricity prices  (Ottawa Citizen)

February 28, 2017 – Ontario opposition parties spar over NDP plan to reduce hydro rates (CBC)

February 27, 2017 – NDP Hydro plan doesn’t target real reason for rising prices  (Green Party of Ontario)

February 27, 2017 – NDP Leader Horwath says she can cut hydro bills up to 30 per cent (Toronto Star)

February 24, 2017 – Energy minister Glenn Thibeault admits Ontario messed up on hydro rates with bad decisions (Toronto Star)

February 23, 2017 – No one can make electricity cheap again (Toronto Star)

February 22, 2017 – Hydro: Ontario pulls the plug on winter disconnects (Global News)

February 16, 2017 – High cost of hydro hot topic for Tory leader (North Bay Nugget)

February 16, 2017 – Brown dealing in ‘alternative facts’ — Thibeault (North Bay Nugget)

February 16, 2017 – Ontario energy minister asks utilities to stop winter hydro disconnections (Toronto Star)

February 15, 2017 – PC leader Brown touring northern Ontario, targets skyrocketing hydro rates  (CBC)

February 14, 2017 – Ontario Liberals eyeing hydro rate cut in the range of 8 per cent: sources  (CBC News)

Feb 12, 2017- Ontario energy minister talks hydro costs during stop in Port Hope
(Northumberland News)

January 24, 2017 – Premier to tackle the sky-high electricity delivery charges  (CBC)

January 23, 2017- To fix high electricity prices, we need to tell the truth (Loonie Politics)

November 23, 2016 – Aside from the incessant warnings, Ontario’s hydro crisis clearly came out of nowhere (CBC)

November 22, 2016 – No turning back the clock on energy policy (TVO)

November 2016 – Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan at risk of missing the mark (Assoc. of Power Producers of Ontario – APPRO)

October 11, 2016 – Hydro One to revamp customer service after outrage over electricity prices (Financial Post )

September 28, 2016 – Half of Ontario voters feel unprotected from price increases in the electricity system, a new poll shows. “Ontarians have never been this angry” (National Post)

September 12, 2016 – As part of today’s Throne Speech, the government of Ontario has announced plans to remove the provincial portion of the harmonized sales tax (HST) from hydro bills to offset rising costs for ratepayers. They say removing the eight per cent provincial share of the HST as of January 1, 2017 is expected to result in savings of $130 for the average household a year. Rural ratepayers could receive additional relief resulting in $540 a year in savings. The rebates will cost taxpayers about $1 billion a year.

FOCA believes that only those customers currently eligible for the Rural or Remote Rate Protection (RRRP) will be eligible to receive the announced “rural rebate”. (Note that rate reductions/rebates etc afforded through the RRRP are paid for by all other ratepayers) 

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“I think it’s important for us to recognize that we’re doing something for our remote rural and northern customers and consumers as well,” Energy Minister Glen Thibeault told reporters. “They’re going to be saving about 20 percent on all of the bills and that’s significant for them.” Whether in Kenora, Sudbury, Belleville, London, or Barrie, your government has listened to and has heard your concerns,” said the speech, which was read in the Legislature by Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell.

Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk has said the electricity portion of hydro bills for homes and small businesses rose 70 per cent between 2006 and 2014.

In reaction to the Throne Speech announcement, the Provincial NDP have stated: “Get it over with and permanently take the HST off the hydro bills.” Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown called the tax cut “merely a Band-Aid solution.” The Green Party has blamed the refurbishments of nuclear generating stations for adding to Ontarians hydro bills.

More media on the Throne Speech:

Wynne’s promised tax break on hydro bills does little in the long run, say critics

Ontario won’t be able to reduce soaring hydro costs anytime soon, say experts

Ontario Liberals promise to remove provincial portion of HST from hydro bills

July 21, 2016 – Ontario Electricity Prices Are Out Of Control (The Huffington Post Canada)

January 28, 2016 – Why readers hate opening their hydro bills (Toronto Star)

January 16, 2015 – Why cheap hydro was too good to be true (Toronto Star)

December 2015 – As reported by FOCA repeatedly over the past year, the direction from the OEB to Hydro One to move to all-fixed distribution rates means that Small rural customers facing big hydro bill jumps (Clean Air Alliance)

Dec.2/15 – Auditor General releases 770 page report, including comments on green energy, Hydro One, and much more.

Small rural customers facing big hydro bill jumps

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