July 2013 Hydro Rate Consultation underway
As part of its upcoming rate filing with the Ontario Energy Board, Hydro One is consulting seasonal property owners to gather their opinions and discuss options for potential changes to seasonal property rates. Hydro One has asked FOCA to reach out to representatives from across our membership to request participation in a small focus group consultation.
Hydro One has retained Citizen Optimum to carry out small focus groups of up to 10 seasonal customers each at 4 locations, for people who have an interest in Hydro One generally and seasonal rates in particular.
FOCA's representatives have expressed in no uncertain terms that the process and timing of this consultation fails to meet any definition of true public consultation, and the results from this exercise will provide very limited insight into their rate structure proposals.
Summer 2013 - Sources of Electrical Power in Ontario up for Review
Deadline for comment extended to September 16, 2013
(From IESO): Ontario has a diverse supply mix that is in the process of incorporating increasing amounts of renewable forms of energy. There is 35,858 MW of installed generation in Ontario's electricity market, though the amount of generation available at any time varies.
Ontario’s installed generation capacity includes:
Nuclear: 12,998 MW or 36.2%
Natural Gas: 9,987 MW or 27.9%
Coal: 3,293 MW or 9.2%
Hydroelectric: 7,939 MW or 22.1%
Wind: 1,560 MW or 4.3%
Biomass/Other (wood waste, biogas, etc): 122 MW or 0.3%
Ontario is launching a review of the Long-Term Energy Plan, which will include province-wide consultations on a variety of topics including the province's mix of energy sources such as wind, solar and nuclear, and conservation.
Until September 16th the general public, industry stakeholders, Aboriginal leaders, and municipal representatives are all invited to provide their advice on Ontario's long-term energy needs and how to meet them.
For information and links to the ER posting, visit: Reviewing Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan
FOCA has been involved in the 2012 rate reviews at the Ontario Energy Board. Seasonal customers of Hydro One will, as a class, receive reductions on the distribution cost portion of their bills in 2013. Unfortunately, overall rates are set to continue to rise.
Get more information from FOCA about Rural Services here.
February 2012: Drummond Report Released
The Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services today recommended Ontario municipalities charge rate payers the full cost of water and that the province consolidate the 80 local electricity distribution companies along regional lines. Read more...
Smart meters... Green energy... What is the right mix, and how does Ontario's energy plan affect waterfront property owners?
Click here for:
* FOCA's summary of the Energy file 2011
* what FOCA is doing related to this issue
* what's next (and how you can get involved to express your opinions) including key contacts and additional online references
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**Get more information about hydro rates, dams and more on the Rural Services page of the FOCA website.**
September 10, 2013 New Study Projects Energy East Will Boost Economy Across Canada (Deloitte)
September 10, 2013 Pipeline Project raises concerns by lake residents (North Bay Nugget)
July 16, 2013 -TransCanada pipeline would run through Ottawa (CBC)
Energy East Pipeline info
TransCanada is in the process of confirming the commercial feasibility of the "Energy East" project. This MAP shows existing and proposed pumping stations along the current and proposed route. (Note: When printed Tabloid Size (11x17) it provides a fair assessment of the current location of TransCanada’s current pipeline corridor.)
For more information visit: www.energyeastpipeline.com
Seasonal Delivery Rates Effective Jan. 1, 2013, from Hydro One
Dec. 2012 - Read the IESO Supply and Demand Outlook for the year ahead.
Visit the CBC's Special Report on Power, online: click here.