Monday, January 24, 2011

Ontario paid to give power away to Quebec, U.S.

Updated: Mon Jan. 24 2011 7:07:04 PM

Ontario Hydro customers paid the U.S and Quebec $1.5 million to take electricity out of the Ontario system on January 1, thanks to a strange twist of market factors.

It was a warm winter's day so demand for electricity in Ontario was very low, leading to an excess of power because wind and nuclear energy generation cannot be turned off.

"When you've got that surplus, it actually becomes a hazard to the system. You have to dispose of that energy so we were going around to our neighbours, begging them to take our disposal problem," energy expert Tom Adams told CTV Toronto.

"We've got this excess and that proves to be expensive."

Wind farm operators are paid for windy days whether their energy is used or not, which is why Ontario Hydro customers still pick up the bill.

Occurrences such as the one on New Year's Day are likely to cost customers millions over the next few years.

A new report is predicting Ontario will commonly have a surplus of energy in the future.

"Ontario is doing our neighbours a huge favour at the expense of consumers here," Adams said.

With a report from CTV Toronto's Paul Bliss


  1. Sell it back to us you fucking geniuses.

  2. I was just checking in to see if there was anything else I could do for you. I’m not sure if you got my last installment. I tried to sell the arm and leg you asked for but sadly no takers on that. So I had to take the grocery to make sure you got my last 300 dollars cause I know without it the entire hydro system would come to an utter stand still. I kinda figured that one out by myself, the notice you sent me telling me if I don’t send it will result in my hydro being cut off and then you need more money to get it up and running. I don’t know who the dude was that retired but he must have been young cause we have been paying his debt retirement fee for a long time now. Maybe he’s just in good health, with all those perks he got while working,, the lunches his wife packed must have been something else . Seems he travelled an awful lot too that explains all those delivery charges, glad you didn’t make him sit in coach. Don’t’ you worry none about cutting my hydro off, its okay, cause I can’t afford to buy the food to cook no oven, no food no problem. I heard you got into some legal trouble, glad you were able to find a good lawyer, too bad you lost though, but no worries we got your ass covered on that too. I also here you have some plans in the works for more green energy,, can’t wait for that then we get our energy for free cause wind don’t cost nothing,, boy I hope I’m still around when that happens, not that I believe in hell or anything but it would be kinda cool to see it freeze over. Let me just say one more thing before I go, I have normally kept quiet when I’m getting screwed up the ass but you’re doing such a good job I can’t help but scream no one does it better then you

  3. Take dolton's advice and Flick off ($500k spent on that stupid campaign) and boycott Ontario hydro 2.0 and it's artificial energy market designed by enron. Time to buy some solar panels eh? Watch the empire collapse off grid style. Adios billion dollar sunshine list. Sorry your pension fund is frozen. Take conservation to a whole new level and boycott these losers.

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