Civil Servants Making Things More Expensive Part 45cv

   Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives. It’s not their money, of course they’ll waste it.

    Before reacting to the newest increase, readers must realize a number of things. The first is that hydro generation in Ontario is run by civil servants. Thence, it is regarded as a public good so that any policy is above reproach, including the highest rates in North America. The second is that consumers have “smart meters” which measure time of usage. The “program” that put these meters in place cost twice as much as budgeted, but the real data are that the “smart meters” did not change usage. Since the program is ineffective, it must be strengthened. More will be charged for “peak time” usage. This is simply a cash grab from a government agency which has given itself a monopoly. Socialism in action. The very kind of world I’m proud to live in.

Hydro zapping customers with May 1 increase
By Antonella Artuso, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief

Ontario hydro customers are in for a shock as the price of electricity gets set to rise yet again.

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced new time-of-use pricing Monday that jacks up the peak rate to 16.1 cents kWh from 14 cents kWh, effective May 1.

It will be more than twice as expensive to use electricity between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays than at night or on weekends.

A typical household will see a $5.71 or 4.6% jump in their monthly hydro bill based on the new pricing, the OEB says.

Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP John Yakabuski said the figure used by the OEB to estimate the impact on bills is just an average, and many people will see a bigger increase on top of years of rising prices.

Ontario’s hydro rate is the second highest in Canada, behind PEI, and more than most jurisdictions in the United States, he said.

“People are at their wit’s end,” he added. “Every time you turn around, you’re getting hit with another increase.”

As of May 1, time-of-use electricity pricing switches over to summer hours.

Off peak power rates — overnight and on weekends and holidays — rise slightly to 8 cents kWh from 7.7 kWh.

Mid-peak rates also climb to 12.2 cents kWh from 11.4 cents kWh.

“Increased costs from Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) nuclear and hydro-electric power plants make up about half of this increase. Costs from new generation sources are another driver, representing about one-third of the increase,” a statement says. “The OEB is also introducing a new 2:1 ratio between on- and off-peak prices that will benefit customers who shift their use to the cheapest time period.”

Yakabuski said the “new generation” must refer to the wind turbines sprouting up around the province.


    The “alternative energy program” to stop Global Warming. A lot of billions wasted to fight a non-existent threat. Money well wasted. Wind power forever.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said the new on-peak/off-peak rate differential should encourage conservation which ultimately helps keep bills down.

“The increase that the OEB announced today is not as high as it was projected to be in our long-term energy plan,” Wynne said. “Everything that we are doing in terms of energy prices is an attempt to put that downward pressure on them.”

Ontario Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller has called for a greater difference between off and peak power rates to encourage people to shift their electricity use to a time of day when there is less demand — like at night.

The electricity system would then have to build fewer costly power plants.

However, not everyone can move electricity use to off hours, Yakabuski said.

“If you’re one of those people who runs a mid-day business … — small little ma and pa restaurant serving the lunch crowd — you have no way of getting out of that peak,” he said. “If you’re a senior suffering from a respiratory disorder that requires you to run air conditioning during the summer months, you’re getting hammered again.”


    A cash grab just like all government programs. They can’t manage electricity generation, they can only manage the propaganda and that not very well.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies


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