And we have an example below. Let Government generate electricity and voila—much higher rates.
Gordie Howe, aka Mr. Elbows, Mr. Hockey, Captain Canada, the Best Hockey Player of All Times, and subject of a tribute on the Simpsons, long ago, has passed. We’ll not see his like again. R.I.P.
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.
Wherein we see a 5 year plan for combating something that doesn’t exist.
National Post – (Latest Edition)
Parker Gallant Parker Gallant is a retired banker who looked at his electricity bills and didn’t like what he saw.
Doubled power rates? Consider it done
Before Ontario’s FiveYear Climate Action Plan was officially released Wednesday, it had already stirred up considerable furor thanks to leaks about initially leaked plans to ban natural gas heating for new houses and mandating electricity instead. The so-called “ban” against natural gas didn’t make it into the official document, but confidential cabinet minutes obtained by The Globe and Mail suggest the plan is still very much alive, with orders to various ministries to plan ways to get every new home and building to “zero” carbon emissions in the next nine years, and to “phase out” fossil fuels for heating entirely by 2050. The original furor may have been well founded: The CEO of Enbridge estimated the conversion from gas to electric heating “would more than double electricity rates in a province with (already) very high electricity costs.”
Well, doubling prices sounds like a tall order. Maybe too tall for some amateur energy- market meddlers. So, can Ontario’s Liberals pull it off ? Actually, as history shows, when they set their mind to it, they can do that in just a matter of years. They already did it once. Surely they can do it again.
The Independent Elect ricity System Operator (IESO) recently released the April 2016 “Monthly Market Report” ( MMR) which indicates the raw commodity cost of electricity for that month was 11.74 cents per kilowatt hour ( kWh). As it turns out, the MMR for April 2009 shows the raw commodity cost was 5.76 cents/ kWh, which translates to an increase of 103.8 per cent. The doubling of electricity rates took just seven years ( 14 per cent simple annual growth). The per kWh charge doesn’t include a myriad of other costs such as transmission, regulatory, annual operational expenses, debt retirement charge, etc. It also doesn’t include the “delivery” charge levied by local distribution companies, which can represent up to 50 per cent of an electricity bill for a Hydro One customer in a low- density area. It doesn’t include the HST.
The Green Energy and Green Economy Act received royal assent in May 2009, playing the major role in high rates via the feed- intariff program castigated for needlessly driving up rates by the auditor general, Bonnie Lysyk, in her last annual report. Other factors involved in doubling the cost of electricity included a gas plant scandal and paying for spilled hydro ( meaning surplus, and unused), steamed- off nuclear power ( same), curtailment of wind and solar generation ( paid for, but unneeded) and the export of below-cost surplus power.
Comparing April 2009 to April 2016, the IESO report shows Ontario’s demand dropped by 337,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) while exports to Michigan, New York and elsewhere increased by 758,000 MWh ( up 99.2 per cent). Exports in 2009 were 764,000 MWh and cost Ontario ratepayers $29 million, whereas exports i n 2016 were 1,522,100 MWh and cost ratepayers $ 169 million. In total, it cost Ontario ratepayers $ 1.22 billion for reduced consumption of 3.1 per cent in April 2016 versus $619 million in 2009.
Lower demand–higher price–the socialism daily double.
If Ontario again experiences a doubling of electricity rates in a relatively short time frame, it will drive new investment away, negatively impact Ontario’s competitive industries and create more energy poverty. Ontarians must not underestimate the Liberals’ tenacity, however, in ensuring Ontario ratepayers continue to pay some of the highest electricity rates in North America.
We’re sitting on oceans of natural gas which the tree-huggers won’t allow anyone to tap because of the regulations against fracking. Drive that standard of living down. That’s what socialism is good for.
Central Planning never works. Why do they keep trying it?
Making the plebes pay billions of dollars so we can welcome the coming Ice Age in style.
Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Power Teaching: How to Find Someone to Teach Your Child when the Education System has Failed.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies