Archive for May, 2012

Ontario Electricity Prices a Bargain

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Some of the opponents of green energy have been saying that Ontario’s residential electricity prices are the second highest in North America. This was repeated as recently as last week by Gwyn Morgan in a column in the Globe and Mail. Gwyn Morgan is the former CEO of the natural gas producer, Encana, and currently chair of SNC Lavalin. It surprised me to hear that Ontario’s electricity prices were the second highest in North America (after PEI), so I decided to do some research.

Pickering Out of Steam

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

A recent report prepared for the Ontario Energy Board found that the Pickering nuclear plant near Toronto has among the worst performance of all nuclear plants in the world. This comes on the heels of a report that found that 48% of the rise in consumer’s electricity bills was attributable to nuclear, and only 6% to new renewable energy.

With Wind We All Lose

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Friends of Wind has used the tagline, “With Wind We All Win”, referring to jobs in rural areas, lease income for farmers, property tax revenue for municipalities, and environmental benefits of wind energy. But last week I drove past a billboard that said “With Wind We All Lose.” The billboard references Wind Vigilance Ontario, an anti wind group that splintered from Wind Concerns Ontario. I have always had difficulty agreeing with the anti wind people in the past. But finally, I think I agree with them. With wind, we all lose.