REPORT: WIDEN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PEAK, OFF-PEAK ELECTRICITY RATES

Jan 13, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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After reviewing dozens of countries policies, the provincial environmental provincial environment watchdog says he knows why people are not conserving more electricity.

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Gord Miller’s report echoes findings of the auditor general, who recently said the difference between peak and off-peak pricing has to be greater.

He says other countries price structures have ratios of four or five to one.

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Currently, Ontario’s ratio is 1.8 to one, which Miller says will not result in significant savings.

But a spokesperson for the Ministry of Energy says the Ontario Energy Board is reviewing price ratios.

The ministry has a long-term conservation target of reducing demand by 16% by 2032.

Miller says the province does not have any interim electricity conservation targets and without them it’ll be hard for him to keep tabs on any progress toward a goal 17 years away.

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