A couple of years ago, the Provincial government hiked hydro rates for Ontario residents and they justified the increase because they needed to invest in generating more hydro for Ontario’s future needs.
I didn’t like the increase but they seemed to have a plan to meet our hydro needs into the future.
That was then, this is now.
This week we learned that the government won’t be building new nuclear power plants after all.
Now , environmentalists may be giddy about that, but it begs the question, where are we going to get our power from ?
The Pickering Power Plant is slated to close at the end of the decade, and the government is committed to closing down the coal-fired plants.
On top of that, their affection for wind turbines has fizzled in light of questions about how cost effective those turbines really are, and the fact that more and more communities are refusing to accept the turbines in their area.
Solar power is just too costly right now, so what is Ontario’s energy strategy ?
It sort of looks like we’re just going to slap some duct tape on the existing power generating stations and tell everyone to turn down the thermostat and keep the lights off.
But even though we won’t be investing in new infratracture after all, we’ll still pay the increased monthly bills.
Ontaro Hydro….. putting the ‘high’ in hydro bills !