Want to know why people in Ontario are paying so much more for power than their neighbours in Quebec and Manitoba? Take a look at these graphics.
Residents of Ontario are paying as much as 90% more for power than people in Quebec and as much as 50% more than their neighbours in Manitoba because Ontario depends so heavily on high-cost nuclear power.
And it is about to get worse. Despite the fact that Premier Ford promised to lower our electricity rates by 12%, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is proposing to raise its price of electricity by 74% over the next five years to pay for the re-building of the Darlington Nuclear Station.
In fact, as this graphic shows, nuclear costs have been steadily climbing over the last two decades, helping to drive up electricity bills for the people of Ontario while their neighbours continue to benefit from low-cost water power. Ontarians also spent much of the past two decades helping to pay off the massive debt accumulated through nuclear projects that went hugely over budget.
Fortunately, we have much lower cost options to keep our lights on. Energy efficiency, wind and solar power and Quebec water power can all meet our electricity needs at less than half the cost of re-building OPG’s and Bruce Power’s aging nuclear reactors.
Send a message to Premier Ford, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner and tell them that we need to defund the nuclear industry to prevent our electricity rates from sky rocketing. Click here now.
Thanks for making the time.
Angela Bischoff, Director