Ford’s hydro solution a few volts short of a load

Doug Ford thinks firing the CEO of Hydro One will lead to lower electricity bills. While we agree that $6 million/yr is way over the top, firing him would only lead to a 3/100ths of 1% decrease in our rates. This kind of populist thinking has led successive Ontario governments to ignore real solutions to rising electricity costs.

Not one of the three parties in the legislature has questioned why Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is asking for a 100% increase in the price it is paid for nuclear power by 2025, or whether sticking with expensive nuclear power makes sense for Ontario consumers. Only the NDP has suggested that maybe we should consider the economics of keeping North America’s most expensive nuclear plant – the Pickering Nuclear Station — running, though even it has made no commitment to closing the aging plant when its license expires this summer.

The Green Party has called for the closure of Pickering, North America’s highest-cost nuclear station, in August. When will the other three major parties step up?

The good news is that we can reduce our electricity costs by $1.1 billion per year by importing Quebec water power and closing the Pickering Nuclear Station when its license expires in August.

It’s time to make the parties earn our votes by putting forward real plans to reform our electricity system instead of populist rhetoric.

Please contact Premier Wynne, Doug Ford and Andrea Horwath and ask them how they will actually reduce Ontario’s cost of generating electricity by $1 billion per year or more.

For more information, please read our new fact sheet: We have better choices: It’s time to close the aging Pickering Nuclear Plant.

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Thank you.

Angela Bischoff, Director