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Plan to cut hydro waste and share the savings

Wednesday, March 05, 2014   by: Staff
QUEEN’S PARK - New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath today unveiled a plan to cut waste in Ontario’s electricity system with three simple steps, and pass the savings on to families through a $100 hydro rebate.
“Ontario families are paying the highest electricity prices in Canada and it’s time to get prices under control,” said Horwath. “It’s time to help families and businesses getting squeezed by wasteful hydro policies.”
The New Democrat Leader laid out three immediate practical steps to get job-killing electricity rates under control that would save ratepayers at least $100-a-year once fully implemented:
  • Stop the $1 billion annual subsidy of electricity exports to jurisdictions like New York and Michigan by taking Ontario hydro sales out of the hands of speculative energy traders
  • Cap executive pay and cut down on waste and duplication by merging Ontario’s hydro agencies
  • Stop private power giveaways and have Ontario’s Auditor conduct an immediate review of all private power contracts in the wake of the $1-billion gas plant scandal
Horwath says families have been footing the bill for the sale of discount electricity to the US, as Ontario has handed out $1-billion to private companies and Wall Street energy traders to produce excess electricity and ship it to America at a loss.
“Middle class families have been paying to light up the Manhattan skyline, we need to put an end to that waste and put the savings back in people’s pockets,” she said.


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sootodayreader 3/5/2014 10:41:15 AM Report

Sounds great but it's the typical NDP talk but don't deliver.

All talk, no action.
marc62 3/5/2014 10:45:08 AM Report

Another bullsh-- option that wont fly and wont work, how about cap delivery fees, its an ass pain when my delivery fee this bill was higher then my useage was for a one month billing go figure, then on top of it bill me for debt reduction for Ontario hydro.
Lone24 3/5/2014 10:48:29 AM Report

They are all, all talk no action.
bounder 3/5/2014 11:07:51 AM Report

Ha ha ha ha ha, best joke than R Ford on the to-night show.
John8 3/5/2014 11:17:11 AM Report

Ontario residents have been duped by the Liberals and rediculous energy policies. Go to the following website:
The price of 750 kwh in Ontario is over $120.00. In Quebec it is $50.00! Why are the people of Ontario putting up with it? The NDP promises a $100.00 to help...come on...we need to address the disparity between Ontario and the rest of the country.
Me Myself an I 3/5/2014 11:24:34 AM Report

Its $50 in Quebec because its all subsidized (like everything in Quebec) by equalization payments
honda1984 3/5/2014 11:27:06 AM Report

100 bucks a yr is a start I am thinking with the waste it should be more like 100 a month
kamen 3/5/2014 11:27:10 AM Report

I hope this works out and they deliver. Electricity is too high...
Just Curious 3/5/2014 11:47:49 AM Report

Gotta vote 'em in first...I'm not a big NDP fan but Damn, how much worse could they be???
ONNFIRE 3/5/2014 11:55:12 AM Report

Smart meters minus 2 young adults moved out and PUC increased every month since, with only 2 people living in the house now.
6 years ago averaged heat water and lights $2300/ year now it is $4900.00/ year WTF The PUC is nothing but a rip off
Slim Shady 3/5/2014 12:22:05 PM Report

My Hydro Bill on an empty house I own (hydro is only used for fridge, freezer and stove and a small emergency electric baseboard heater in the mechanical room set at 12C) is $225 equal billing per month! Last year at the same time with 2 adults living in it it was cheaper! The appliances are about 6-7 years old! Heat and Hot water are natural gas! No lights are being used!

WTF is $100 year going to do for me? It won't offset the price hike in gasoline which the government just did!

We actually pay New York State to TAKE power from us when we generate too much!!! I have a better idea: When we generate too much power give it to your customers for free!

scottstewy123 3/5/2014 12:31:23 PM Report

The reason why Quebec pays 50 dollars and we pay 120 in Ontario is because Ontario not only gives away power to Quebec we also pay Quebec to take the extra power we do not use. It really sucks that we here in Ontario has tp pay such a high rate and Quebec gets the same product cheaper. Its not right.
notpc 3/5/2014 12:36:29 PM Report

The NDP talks a good game but her solutions only partly address the reasons for high hydro prices in Ontario. The main reason pries are so high is because of the Liberal Green Energy initiative. They created long-term contracts to buy solar and wind energy at prices ranging from 20-82 cents /kwh while at the same time idling coal and NG plants that can produce it for less than 6 cents. They also committed to buying the wind and solar power first, even when it's not needed.

None of what the NDP has said addresses that main issue. Given that the NDP generally supports so-called green energy projects anyway, I don't see them ever doing much better than what the Liberals have done.
Dead End Kid 3/5/2014 12:42:44 PM Report

Apartment dwellers should get this rebate as well. They raise the rent over three percent every year.
Zee1948 3/5/2014 2:20:16 PM Report

After paying three $1000/mo Hydro bills in a row, any rebate no matter how small would be more than welcome.

If the gov't really wants to help with the staggering cost of hydro, why don't they replace the 13% HST with an energy tax of about 5%.When the HST on a hydro bill is $150 something is drastically wrong.

These bills come despite every attempt to minimize consumption.. off peak usage, thermostat set to 65 degrees, all light bulbs cfl, timers and motion sensors on lights, blanket on HW heater, insulated hot water lines. I shudder to think what the bills would be if extreme care was not being taken.
Also burn a fireplace 24/7 to help reduce the heating costs.

It comes as no surprise that many can no longer to afford to stay in or keep their homes.

Our politicians really do need to take a closer look at what is going on with hydro. Future rate hikes are on the horizon and many of us treading water now will surely drown.

BTW.. hose is less than 30 yrs old, 6 " wall, well insulated, thermal windows,caulked, weather stripped, with 3 yr old "high efficiency" electric furnace.

What else can I do?

steelworker 3/5/2014 2:36:45 PM Report

Katey Wynne is totally surprised and dismayed that Chrysler would not take hundreds of millions of dollars to prop up their car company. "C'mon guys; take some money. The taxpayers got lots and it's an election year (maybe). We can just jack up the price of Hydro to cover all expenses,it's the Liberal way."
learningaswego 3/5/2014 3:20:06 PM Report

Holy cow could HorWath's picture be any more photoshopped or airbrushed??

Phoney, phoney, phoney - just like the promises of the NDP.
learningaswego 3/5/2014 3:30:00 PM Report

Hey HorWath, how about cutting or freezing the RIDICULOUS wages, benefits and PENSION packages of UNIONIZED electricity workers?

If the public knew even HALF of what the unions have been extorting from taxpayers, "negotiating" contracts with spineless bureaucrats and politicians over the years; they would be OUTRAGED.

Check out to see if they still have perqs like laser eye surgery, orthodontics for kids......

If HorWath wants to REALLY do something special, demand that ALL publicly-funded union workers' contracts be posted on a central website, for all the taxpayers who pay them, to see.

As if!
Beej 3/5/2014 4:28:54 PM Report

$100 a year?, is she on glue?
shju 3/5/2014 4:50:26 PM Report

I pay $175-$250 a month on average. Winter time my furnace motor stays running and in summer the pool pump stays running. I think its a fair price. We could also give $1500 every person in your household to build new nuclear power plants. Or go off grid by building 15kw-50kw power plants in your backyard. When you get that bill for $50-200 thousand for it then come back and talk about what a fair price puc is.
Just Curious 3/5/2014 5:10:53 PM Report

zee 1948....Firstly you should be shot for putting in an Electric furnace in the first place. They have to be the biggest waste of power ever invented.. I pay my own PUC and I stay warm as I hate to be cold. I cook every day and so far this winter, I am way ahead of my budget bill and I just don't care... If you want to live you have to pay the price. It's what it is and who cares... I will be dead before anything happens that will change much..I'm just glad that I can stay warm and have water on tap and a toilet I can flush and not have to walk several miles to get any of it...
streaker 3/5/2014 5:37:36 PM Report

I am spending winter in florida. My elec heat is on at 51 deg F everything else shtoff.Latest bill $604.00 one month with $222.00 delivery charges. The liberal government has really out done things with their green energy crap.and paying private companys high price per kwh.
I dont think $100.00 per year rebate will cut it!!!!
judoka 3/5/2014 7:39:37 PM Report

Well, if you like the liberals and conservatives track record,then by all means, keep voting for them. Im fed up with bullshit promises, and Harpers crap. I don't think the NDP can do any worse.......that's for sure!
shju 3/5/2014 8:36:59 PM Report

If you can afford to spend winters in florida then I am more then sure you can afford a puc bill, and I doubt your puc bill is that high.
stormy shores 3/6/2014 5:05:57 PM Report

NDP that's all a bunch of screaming at Queen's Park. There isn't a Party (Faithful) that has done a thing for northern Ontario residents. A $700. electric bill is not acceptable. I am quite certain the power is NOT delivered to my home on the back's of men.
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