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Where the by-election candidates stand on controlling electricity costs

Niagara Falls and Thornhill voters get answers

Electricity prices have been a big issue in the two current provincial by-elections.  So we asked the candidates from the four major parties whether they were prepared to oppose Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) request for a 30% price increase for nuclear power and whether they would strike a deal for lower-cost water power imports from Quebec instead.

We're #5 and rising!

The Ontario Liberal Party has been asking Ontarians to help develop and select key policy platform ideas for consideration. We proposed the replacement of costly and high-risk nuclear re-build projects with low-cost water power imports from Quebec.
 

Tim Hudak’s plan raises plenty of questions

According to Tim Hudak, a PC Government will cut our electricity bills. But does Mr. Hudak really understand what is driving rising electricity costs?

Congratulations Woodstock Hydro – Ontario’s leader in electricity conservation

Woodstock Hydro is demonstrating the real potential for energy conservation in Ontario.  It has achieved more than one-and-a-half times its targeted energy savings making it the leader among Ontario electric utilities in the quest to tap our full efficiency potential.  Woodstock Hydro gained top place by exceeding the 2011-2014 conservation targets set by Government of Ontario and the Ontario Energy Board by 152% in just two years.

Stop OPG’s 30% price increase - Petition

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has applied to the Ontario Energy Board for a 30% increase in the price it is paid for nuclear power, to begin paying the massive bill for re-building the Darlington Nuclear Station.
 

Conservation and Quebec water power are the big opportunities in Ontario’s new plan

Today Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli released the province’s new Long Term Energy PlanThe new plan has the potential to reduce electricity costs by importing low-cost water power from Quebec and Manitoba, and by ramping up energy efficiency efforts.
 
Specifically, according to the Plan, Ontario will “pursue contractual arrangements for firm imports where cost

A remarkable achievement — but we’ve got so much more to do

A remarkable achievement — but we’ve got so much more to do!

OPG's Money Grab

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) wants to increase the rate it receives for power from its nuclear units by a whopping 30% next year. OPG is basically asking to dig into electricity ratepayer pockets at the rate of $755 million a year to pre-pay for rebuilding its aging Darlington Nuclear Station.
 
OPG is also asking for a significant increase in the rate it receives for power from its heritage hydro projects – dams and power plants that were built many, many decades ago.

New pamphlet: Water power from Quebec beats nuclear hands down

The numbers tell the story: Quebec is exporting clean, renewable water power at half the cost of what Ontario Power Generation optimistically estimates will be the cost of electricity from a re-built Darlington nuclear station.

A crack of light

Today Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli confirmed that the province will not spend upwards of $26 billion on completely unnecessary new nuclear reactors at the Darlington Station.
 
It’s been evident for some time now that the cost of new reactors would be astronomical, that their power was not needed now, and that there was little likelihood it would needed in the future. 
 
Now that our energy decision makers’ feet are getting a little closer to the ground, it’s time for them to also come clean about th

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