Ontario Minister Chiarelli has emoted a letter responding to Brady Yauch’s excellent piece on the province’s gluttonous “conservation” spending.
Chiarelli’s letter is targeted to Ontarians with lower bills.
They’ll be difficult to find. “Over the past four years, Ontarians have done something remarkable” states Chiarelli, but the Annual Yearbook of Distributors demonstrates quite the opposite – Ontarians have been done something remarkable:
In 2010 Ontario’s distributors had “Power and Distribution Revenue” of $12.8 billion and delivered 121.1 terawatt-hours (TWh)
In 2014 Ontario’s distributors had “Power and Distribution Revenue” of $16.7 billion and delivered 119.8 terawatt-hours (TWh)
That’s an increase of 30.5% collected for less consumption but, apparently, having “conserved enough energy to power a city the size of London for two years or every hospital in the province for a year.”
I recently showed that in the past 4 years “Ontario has been a net exporter of enough electricity to power the province’s libraries for 437 years.”
I was intrigued to read a recent editorial in this paper that discouraged Ontario’s efforts to promote conservation in our electricity system and help families and businesses save on their electricity bills. Brady Yauch calls for Ontario to end a program he thinks has been too successful. That’s a strange conclusion to draw when we know the energy savings Ontarians have achieved have resulted in lower bills.
Over the past four years, Ontarians have done something remarkable. Working together, we’ve conserved enough energy to power a city the size of London for two years or every hospital in the province for a year. That’s a lot to be proud of.
This isn’t time to change course and abandon a plan that with every dollar invested results in two dollars in savings. Ontario’s most reliable resource is conservation. The less…
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