unFIT

Tom Adams’ unFIT is a worthwhile read.

I’m spoiling the ending by quoting it – and adding a graphic.

The government’s decision to reign in the solar scammers appears to indicate some level of recognition of the drastic impact on consumers of adding junk generation costing at wholesale multiples above the cost of delivered commodity power.

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From the beginning, the purpose of the FIT program was to use electricity ratepayer dollars to buy constituencies supportive of the Liberal government’s agenda. Recent FIT program changes indicate that the Liberals have shifted their friend-buying intentions away from solar interests to new constituencies. These include various conservation authorities who are candidates for a lot of the small hydro development opportunities left in Ontario like this and municipalities that can host landfill gas generators. The saving grace for consumers about small hydro and landfill gas is that the damage of the outrageous FIT prices is limited to a few hundred potential MW.

When the time comes to clean up Ontario’s electricity mess, one useful step will be the cancellation of FIT contracts held by government entities. Hospitals, schools, police stations, conservation authorities, public arenas and other government operations have no business being in the power generation business. Their duties to serve the public interest, whether to heal the sick, educate the young, enforce the law, protect low lying properties from flooding, or provide sporting opportunities do not include a mandate to promote harm to energy consumers.

– read the entire article at: http://www.tomadamsenergy.com/2015/10/05/unfit/#sthash.HjxzhVZY.dpuf

If that interests you and you missed my last Cold Air piece, here’s an excerpt:

Data is never perfect, and the quality of data produced by the IESO is deteriorating. Yet data is often sufficient to find trends, such as the solar trend. While this work has nominally been written about electricity, the solar story is not entirely, and perhaps not even primarily, an electricity story.

One of the benefits of blogging is readers inform you; sometimes with words, and sometimes with clicks. The most viewed post on my Cold Air Currents blog is from 3 years ago. Beyond FIT 2.0: What’s in store for wind in Ontario reported on a story in a wind industry publication, which contained:

… There are about 60,000 micro FIT applications in the system. These will have a minimal effect on the global adjustment, but at an estimated two voters per household, this translates into 120,000 or more votes in favor of retaining the FIT program.

They were wrong about the impact on the global adjustment, but the point is valid.

The cost of electricity is driven higher by what is more an electoral than an electricity program.
Tom Adams a “useful step” at clean up time will include the ” the cancellation of FIT contracts held by government entities” but it seems to me a tandem step might be the revocation of microFIT contracts. The current government has been willing to go after the little guy on the consumer side –  a future regime would have far greater justification going after the little guys on the supplier side.
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