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Rob Granatstein: Toronto hydro rates are skyrocketing and politics are to blame

Toronto has a dearth of power plants and an aging grid. By the end of 2013, we’ll have the highest hydro rates on the continent. And the reasons are purely political

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(Photographs: City of Mississauga, Getstock, Reuters)

Toronto is on the verge of a major energy crisis. With our limited supply and decrepit distribution system, we’re more vulnerable to outages than any other large urban centre in North America—especially during peak summer periods. The problem is most acute in the booming southwest GTA, where electricity demand has doubled in recent years, while the area’s power generation has been cut in half.

Keeping the lights on isn’t the only problem. Ontario’s power plan has been bungled so badly that by the end of next year, we’ll have some of the highest electricity rates on the continent. By 2010, the price of hydro had already doubled under Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals, and it was expected to go up another 46 per cent by 2015, largely thanks to the government’s green energy plan. Given the inextricable link between electricity prices and economic performance, and the fact that the province is already struggling with an enormous debt load, the projected increase is perilous.

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Presto chango! The TTC’s payment war with the province is over (sort of)

One of the more maddening fights between the city and the province has been the argument over rolling out the Presto payment system. The TTC wanted to investigate the possibility of “open payment,” meaning riders could pay with their credit or debit cards. Acrimony, of course, ensued. It looks like our long municipal nightmare may finally be over, though, if the Toronto Sun is right.

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Oakville’s lesson for Toronto: if you complain loud enough, Queen’s Park will cave

Brad Duguid (Image: mah.gov.on.ca)

In a desperate attempt to retain their majority principled and well thought-out plan, the Ontario government yesterday announced that, after much public outcry, they will not continue with plans to build a large gas-fired plant in the town of Oakville. The Toronto Star reports that while the government says the plant is no longer necessary, the Liberals in government might have had other concerns.

Energy Minister Brad Duguid made the hastily-planned announcement Thursday with Oakville Liberal MPP Kevin Flynn, whose seat was in jeopardy in next October’s provincial election if the plant went ahead….

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