July 19, 2024
Green energy? Don’t do what Ontario did
Don’t do what Ontario did, because its electricity consumers will be paying for it for decades to come.
Don’t do what Ontario did, because its electricity consumers will be paying for it for decades to come.

A new report by the Fraser Institute on the pitfalls of wind and solar power has national implications and reads like a textbook example of the electricity disaster that occurred in Ontario under its previous Liberal government from 2003-18.

It was a disaster that, according to the study, resulted in residential electricity prices more than doubling in Ontario between 2008 and 2017, raising the cost of power per kilowatt hour from 5.2 cents to $11.55

Authors Pierre Desrochers and Andrew Reed note that use of wind and solar power — where the fuel costs are free — can work in limited amounts if governments understand what they’re doing.

The problem, warns Desrochers — a U of T geography professor — is that they often don’t, he writes in the report titled: Generating Electricity in Canada from Wind and Sunlight: Is Getting Less for More Better than Getting More for Less?

Everything that Desrochers and Reed cautions can go wrong with wind and solar power went wrong in Ontario under the 15-year regime of the Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne Liberal governments.

They ignored advice from their own experts that they didn’t have to raise prices for wind and solar power as high as they did to achieve the government’s goals.

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