Ontario Tories would scrap smart meters
Lee Greenberg, Postmedia News: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
TORONTO - Ontario
Opposition leader Tim Hudak will allow consumers to switch off their smart meters if elected in 2011, he said Wednesday.
Responding to reports of the program's ineffectiveness, Hudak said he would allow hydro customers to revert to flat-rate pricing.
"These smart meters are expensive experiments," Hudak said in a statement. "(Premier) Dalton McGuinty needs to freeze the installation, fix the problems and prove to families this will save them money. As premier, I will give families a choice."
Energy Minister Brad Duguid called Hudak's idea "unintelligent public policy" that would take the province's energy system back to "the dark ages."
Time-of-use pricing makes electricity rates cheaper at night and on weekends in an effort to ease strain on the system during daytime hours.
However, experts say there is not enough difference between off-peak pricing, 5.3 cents per kWh and peak pricing of 9.9 cents per kWh. Peak prices need to be between 3-5 times greater than off peak, according to the province's leading environmental voice, Gord Miller.
A study by Toronto Hydro of its first 10,000 customers on time-of-use pricing revealed that roughly two in three saw their average bills rise.
[RW: This is the same Gord Miller that had this article in the Toronto Star today:
It is factually incorrect in his ascertion that Ontario has seen a greater rise in temps. See my blog at http://cdnsurfacetemps.blogspot.com/ for an in depth analysis of temperatures in Canada since the 1900's. Summers are cooling, while winters are less cold. And that is supposed to be bad? In the mid 1920's they had much hotter summers and far colder winters than we have today. ]