Category Archives: Utilities_Electric

Why we should conserve

(August 28, 2003) Some Ontarians don’t understand why they should conserve electricity, as Ontario Premier Ernie Eves implores them to do. For these dunderheads, let me connect the dots. Continue reading

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Power to the people

(September 18, 2002) Rooftop power plants are sprouting in California, a state that has suffered from volatile power costs and electricity shortages, and before the end of the year, they’ll be sprouting in New York and New Jersey. By the end of next year, they may have come to electricity-challenged Ontario, where another botched deregulation is leading to wildly fluctuating prices, brownouts and threats of California-style rolling blackouts. Continue reading

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Pushing wind

(January 5, 2001) I am writing to correct some false assertions you made in a recent editorial (Tilting at Windmills, Jan. 2). Continue reading

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CD Howe Institute Roundtable discussion

(September 12, 1994) Thank you for inviting me to this Roundtable discussion, and for giving me the opportunity to discuss why Ontario Hydro should be broken up and privatized to create a competitive electricity sector. Continue reading

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Ontario Hydro Symposium

(February 10, 1994) Eighty years ago, Adam Beck, who began the great enterprise we call Hydro, argued for an electrified transportation sector…In 1915, he organized a march on the legislature to present a resolution asking the provincial government for a subsidy of $3500 per mile for his municipal Hydro railway scheme. By the 1930s, Hydro was operating electric railways in this province. Continue reading

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The Federal Regulation of Electricity Exports

(October 27, 1986) Energy Probe Research Foundation, an independent think tank on energy issues funded primarily by some 20,000 supporters across Canada, supports the government’s desire to deregulate the electricity export sector, as we have supported prudent deregulation in the entire energy sector. Continue reading

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Massive power projects built to export are risky

(August 5, 1985) WANTED: One million investors to put up $2,000 each to finance risky venture. Investors must be willing to wait until the year 2001 for first profits. If interest rates and value of dollar do not perform as forecast to the year 2005, profits may never materialize. This want ad hasn’t appeared in any newspaper, but the venture described, the construction of a massive hydro dam to sell electricity to the U.S., is proceeding at full power. Continue reading

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