It’s pretty clear that the Wynne government’s elimination of the Provincial portion of the HST on our hydro bills has done very little to quell the growing anger among Ontario taxpayers.
What the move has done is spark a discussion about how and why hydro rates have increased, and that includes the Government’s controversial Green Energy Plan.
Citizen groups in Collingwood and Amherst Island and many other locales are fighting back against proposed wind turbine farms in their communities for a variety of reasons, but the common thread among all of them is ‘why do we even need to build more hydro generation at all ?’
It’s a good question.
As the government commits to spend billions on their plan, some of Ontario’s hydro generation stations are working below capacity and we have so much surplus capacity that we’re selling hydro to Quebec at a discount price.
Kind of makes you wonder why they don’t offer the same discount to Ontario customers.
Adding insult to injury, the Auditor General says we overpaid for hydro to the tune of $37 billion.
The Premier says she’s going to look into why we would build more generating capacity when we have a surplus.
She’d better hurry up.
Energy costs will most certainly be the ballot box issue in the next election and it will be ‘lights out’ for any government that fails to fix the problem.