Our own Government has to hire advisors to make their disastrous decision-making edicts “sound” honest and responsible, even though WE all know they aren’t every time we open our Hydro Bills!
Here’s a bit of a “flash back” to 2010 when it was revealed that Dalton McGuinty needed a positive spin on a negative result. Or as real people would say: “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig”!
Of course the last thing I would want to do is insult the pig.
It seems the people of Ontario are basically “too ignorant” to know the difference between a con job and a true story………..in the eyes of our political “leaders”.
There seems to be such an incredibly large “disconnect” between politicians and their electorate these days that it almost seems like these tax-payer funded and bloated supremos are trying to govern over a foreign galaxy of aliens.
“Confusion” is the name of the game from the way we are billed for our electrical usage all the way to the Government5 psycho-babble dreamed up by a bunch of eggheads sitting on Bay Street!
(September 21, 2013) Three years ago (November 9, 2010) “confidential” documents were obtained by the Ontario PC Party and reported on by the Toronto Star. The documents disclosed a plan to “confuse the public” about the “true cost of the government’s push for green energy”.
The consulting group Sussex Strategy Group were advising “a group of unnamed green energy developers” on how to promote the governing Liberals’ policy and expedite lucrative government contracts for renewable energy. The Ontario Lobbyists Registry lists Sussex as a lobbyist for the “who’s who” of the green energy sector and therefore they have a lot of influence on the goings on at Queens Park, particularly as it relates to the Energy portfolio under the leadership of Bob Chiarelli and his many Liberal predecessors.
Minister Chiarelli seems to have picked up the mantra suggested by the Sussex Group some three years ago as he has launched several initiatives reputedly aimed at engagement of stakeholders.Those include the siting of large (over 500 kilowatts) projects, engagement of community groups in regional energy plans and a revision of the Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP). The latter “plan” came from the desk of Brad Duguid when he occupied the chair Chiarelli now sits in and co-incidently surfaced just two weeks after the TorStar article and within spitting distance of the 10% Clean Energy Benefit put into place by the previous Finance Minister, Dwight Duncan.
Mr. Duguid’s LTEP forecast was; by the year 2030, we would have 10,700 megawatts (MW) of installed “Renewables-Wind, Solar, Bioenergy”.
It now appears that we will reach the levels forecast in the LTEP long before 2030 as a report recently published by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) discloses. In fact the June 30, 2013 report indicates the OPA has contracted for 8,114 MW of renewable energy meaning the OPA has achieved 76% of the 2030 target. To summarize here is where contracted renewables stood at June 30, 2013, and what was operational as of the same date compared to December 31, 2011:
Contracted Operational Operational LTEP
Date 13/06/30 13/06/30 11/12/31 30/12/31
Wind 5,752 MW 2,158 MW 1,958 MW ?
Solar 1,998 MW 814 MW 419 MW ?
Bioenegy 364 MW 109 MW 49 MW ?
Totals 8,114 MW 3,081 MW 2,426 MW 10,700 MW
It is worth noting that the “Operational” increase in wind, solar and bioenergy from the end of 2011 to the end of June 30, 2013 was 655 MW. That 655 MW increase appears to have played a large part in driving the Global Adjustment (GA) pot (the excesses of contracted prices less the hourly Ontario energy price or HOEP) up by approximately $90 million per month when comparing the first 8 months of 2012 to the comparable 2013 period. Annually that would add $840 million to the cost of electricity in Ontario with the largest bite coming from the increase in operational solar which carries a high Feed-In Tariff price for generators. That 395 MW of solar alone running at 15% of capacity and an average of $500. per MWh adds $250 million per annum to the GA.
The “Sussex” document disclosed that the “unnamed green energy developers” would be in the company of Environmental Defence and the GEA Alliance who were instrumental in creating the Green Energy and Green Economy Act when George Smitherman was the Energy Minister.
While the document was in fact exposed via the Toronto Star article it received little attention and the “strategy” proposed in the paper was basically executed by the Liberals, with the help of CanWEA, CanSIA, and the Environmental Non-government Organizations (ENGOs). That they achieved what was planned is a testament to the desire to wring money from the ratepayers of the Province and the OPA’s report of June 30, 2013 confirms their success.