An Island media member weighs in on Hydro One bills

Using more electricity for heating could help reduce overall bills

To the Expositor:

Hydro One out of control!

As a media member, I have noticed complaint after complaint, story after story about Hydro One’s billing practices. For example:

Oshawa Mayor John Henry is outraged with Hydro One as Oshawa spent more than $150,000 in one month to keep the street lights on in June of 2015. Of that, only about $3,600 was for power, the rest was delivery, regulatory and debt retirement charges, HST, and a whopping $62,325.42 for “Global Adjustment.” Source: Durham Radio News

A vacant lot outside of Carleton Place gets over $100 per month electric bill from Hydro One. Hydro One commented, “This monthly bill is for future bills, so to be more accurate to the actual consumption when the proposed future home is built.” Source: CTV Ottawa

What can we do about this? We have to get off the couch and band together to create a voice that will be heard. On December 12 there is public meeting to be held at Manitoulin Secondary School with representatives present from Hydro One. Everyone needs to come to this meeting to have a voice. If we do nothing, electricity rates will not change.

According to the Ministry of Energy, in 2003 25 percent of Ontario’s electricity came from burning coal, today it’s 0 percent. In 2015, based on a combination of IESO data, 60 percent of electricity generation in Ontario is nuclear, 24 percent is hydroelectric, 10 percent is natural gas, six percent is wind, less than one percent is solar, and less one percent is through bioenergy.

According to David Suzuki, Ontario has a surplus electricity problem. In 2014, Ontario paid $200 million to generation stations to not produce electricity. Ontario has reduced its demand for electricity by 12 percent since 2005. Demand has been going down more and more. 

Apparently Ontario has to pay the United States to take our excess electricity! What sense does this make?

Did you know that electric resistance heating commonly known as electric heat (baseboard or forced hot air or portable electric heaters) in homes and business is 100 percent energy efficient?

Global warming is not a joke, it’s real. Reports are the Canadian government will be adding an additional five to six cents per litre carbon tax on all fossil fuels such as heating oil, diesel and gasoline effective January 1.

So, would it not make perfect sense to use the excess electricity generated by this province with reduction in our bills? Electricity is the most efficient source of heating currently available. This would also reduce consumption of fossil fuels with a view of saving the environment including the waters for generations to come.

Craig Timmermans

Little Current