Doug Ford’s energy shake-up could cost Ontario

MARK WINFIELD | July 29, 2018

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Over the past two weeks, Ontario’s new Ford government made a series of high-profile actions regarding the province’s electricity system. These included the ouster of Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt and the subsequent resignation of the remainder of the utility’s board. The Ontario government has also announced its canceling 758 renewable energy projects, specifically targeting the 18.5-megawatt White Pines wind power project in Prince Edward County for termination. These moves come on top of the government’s repeated statements that it intends to terminate Ontario’s cap-and-trade system, end subsidies for electric vehicles and cancel support for home energy efficiency retrofits. The government’s intent is to “lower electricity bills.” Whether these actions will offer consumers any significant benefits remains an open question at best.

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