|Ontario Hydro customers paid billions extra because Liberals ignored their own energy plans:AG
National Post -Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk says electricity customers in Ontario have paid billions of dollars for the Liberal government’s decisions to ignore its own planning process for new power generation projects.The Ontario Power Authority’s 20-year technical plan, which was updated every three years and reviewed by the Ontario Energy Board, would have offered protection to consumers, said Lysyk.
Ontario launches nuclear refurbishment plan
Toronto Star -Ontario is finally giving its aging nuclear fleet a multi-billion dollar facelift.’The planned refurbishments will create almost 25,000 jobs and generate $5 billion annually in economic activity,’ Premier Kathleen Wynne said Wednesday.’We’re moving ahead with significant steps right now to ensure that the refurbishment of Darlington and Bruce are done right. So that refurbishment is in the planning stages.’
Mining exploration incentives hinted at by Northern Development minister
CBC News -Ontario’s minister of Northern Development and Mines is hinting at exploration incentives to be unveiled in the next few weeks.Michael Gravelle made the comment while responding toa mining report from the Ontario Chamber of Commercethat called on the government to do more to encourage mining development in the province.
Ontario Passes Legislation to Further Protect Energy Ratepayers
Government of Ontario -Today Ontario passed legislation to protect consumers by strengthening the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) and improving its ability to ensure continuity of service.The Strengthening Consumer Protection and Electricity System Oversight Act, 2015 will enhance the OEB’s role to ensure that it continues to have a robust set of tools to protect consumers and regulate the energy sector. Changes include:
Ontario Chamber of Commerce mining report calls for more investment
CBC News -The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is calling on government to do more to encourage mining development in the province, including in the Ring of Fire.In a report released Tuesday, the chamber says both the province and the federal governmentneed to invest in the struggling mining sector.
Ohio group moving ahead with big plans to harness Lake Erie’s wind
London Free Press -It’s been called the ‘Saudi Arabia of wind’ ‘ not an oil-soaked desert, but a breezy lake on Ontario’s American border.Now, an Ohio group is moving ahead with plans to harness Lake Erie’s strong gusts, in sharp contrast to neighbouring Ontario that slapped a moratorium on wind farms in all its Great Lakes amid a public backlash to the spectre of the highrise-sized turbines along its shorelines.