Putting Conservation First Into Practice: The Next Two Steps looks at the mixed signals the Ontario Government is sending in its implementation of its Conservation First policy. On the one hand, the government says it is committed to securing all efficiency measures that can be obtained at a lower cost than new electricity supplies. On the other hand, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is not currently paying anything close to the projected cost of power from a rebuilt Darlington Nuclear Station for conservation measures. This lopsided treatment flies in the face of the Conservation First policy and the economic interests of Ontario households and businesses, who can save on their electricity bills through improved efficiency efforts that are far less costly than rebuilt reactors.
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