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Ontario Hydro privatization, deregulation of electricity in Ontario, electricity rates, and hydro electricity contracts. What does it all mean?


Note: Effective May 1, 2015, the Ontario Energy Board has raised the price of electricity for residential consumers to 16.1 cents per kilowatt hour, (up from 14 cents last year, which is 3-3/4 times what we were paying in 2003), between 11 a.m and 5 p.m., weekdays. "Mid-peak" rates climb to 12.2 cents per kWh (up from 11.4) for the hours of 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Off-peak rates rise to 8 cents/kWh (up from 7 cents/kWh) for 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays, weekends and holidays.

In 2003, the rate for electricity was a 4.3 cents/kWh flat rate regardless of the time of day. The peak hour electricity rates have increased by 274.4% over the past 12 years (an average compounded yearly increase of 11.63% since 2003), mid-peak hours by 183.7% (avg. yearly increase 9.08%), and off-peak rates by 86.0% (avg. yearly increase of 5.31%). During those 12 years, (based upon the Bank of Canada Inflation Calculator), the cost of goods in general, (ie. inflation), rose by a total of 22.5%, or an average yearly increase of only 1.71%.

That plus all sorts of other fees on top of this which have also since gone up, plus the new green energy surcharge, the hydro debt retirement surchage. And starting back on July 1, 2010, the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) added another 8% to your energy bills (with that 8% going to the Province of Ontario) added on top of all the other increases and new fees.

Also the "clean energy benefit", the temporary 10% rebate the Ontario government brought in to dull the impact of skyrocketing prices, (some say to buy votes,) will be ending January 1, 2016, which will lead to a further 11.1% increase (100% paid next year/90% paid now), in your bills next year.


Tenants, you are paying for utilities such as your water, electricity (hydro) and natural gas (usually for your heating) whether you know it or not. These are a part of your rent except for some people who pay for their electricity directly to the "hydro" company.

Here is the full version of a letter I wrote, on Ontario Hydro price hikes, tenants and electric heating bills, written in December 2001, that was printed in a couple of newspapers.

Here are my household electricity savings tips for tenants.

My power blackout tips for tenants.



Tenants be extremely cautious before signing any electricity contracts


To understand about sending a complaint to the Ontario Energy Board click Steps for Making a Complaint, and no longer allow complaints by e-mail, instead you must use their OEB Online Complaint Form. The Ontario Energy Board, is the regulator of Ontario's electricity and natural gas industries.

Toronto Hydro warning customers of new phone scam , Yahoo Finance, August 28, 2014

Woodstock Hydro president warns customers of fake employees, Woodstock Sentinel-Review, September 17, 2010

Beware travelling "energy retailers", Toronto Sun July 30, 2010

Summit Energy faces penalty for false statements, Toronto Sun, June 19, 2010

Direct energy seller still up to old tricks, Toronto Star, Feb 6, 2010

London Hydro to repay $3.5M. New rules will force it to give back security deposits, London Free Press, Feb. 11, 2004

Ontario Energy Board lays out new rules for Hydro security deposits, CP, February 3, 2004

Why Hydro customers must pay for power they don't use, The Kingston Whig Standard July 2, 2003

Direct Energy and Ontario Energy Savings Corp fined over contract forgeries, Toronto Star, June 21, 2003

Beware fixed-price hydro contracts, Canadian Press, December 18, 2002

Hydro sales firms fined $56,500 for false practices, by Joan Walters, Hamilton Spectator, April 27, 2002

Ontario Hydro joins sales rush, Toronto Star article, Saturday, May 19, 2001, by John Spears.This is the first report that ever exposed this issue of unscrupulous door-to-door hydro salesmen in Ontario. As you will read, it was I who filed the complaint. That is why this was one of the first issues outside of tenants' rights covered by this web site.


View a graph of Ontario electricity costs from the Independent Electricity System Operator IESO, information on Ontario Power Demand Charts, and the Current Supply Mix..

Utility Regulator and Company web sites (remember these all supported the deregulation)
Ontario Energy Board - Government of Ont. Independent Electricity System Operator - IESO Hydro One
Ontario Power Generation - OPG Brantford Power Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro
Entegrus (formerly Chatham Kent Energy) Direct Energy Enbridge (Natural) Gas
Enersource (Mississauga) EnWin (Windsor) Fortis Ontario
Guelph Hydro Horizon Utilities (Hamilton/St. Catharines) Hydro One
Hydro Ottawa London Hydro
Milton Hydro Newmarket Hydro Niagara Peninsula Energy
Niagara On The Lake Hydro North Bay Hydro Oakville Hydro
Oshawa Power Power Stream
(Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan)
Toronto Hydro
Utilities Kingston Veridian Waterloo North Hydro

Ontario Hydro Electricity articles and report


Reports and Petitions

Stop the Privatization of Hydro One petition, from the Ontario NDP.

Stop the Hydro Fire Sale, from the PC Party of Ontario.

Empowering Ontario: Constraining Costs and Staying Competitive in the Electricity Market , Ontario Chamber of Commerce report, July 8, 2015

Potential Impact of Proposed EPA Regulations on Low Income Groups and Minorities U.S. report, from the National Black Chamber of Commerce, June 2015, on the impact of Carbon Dioxide "green" regulations on the cost of electricity and the impacts on the poor (4.4 Mb Adob file, 143 pages)

Smart Metering Initiative - Auditor General of Ontario , Ontario Auditor General's Report, December 2014, (0.7Mb Adobe pdf file)

Guidelines for Smart Grid Cybersecurity , National Institute for Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce, September 2014 (11Mb Adobe pdf file)

Reponse of Toronto Hydro-Electric System to the December 2013, Ice Storm, Toronto Hydro, June 19, 2014. (6Mb Adobe pdf file.)

Ontario Made - Full Report , Mowat Centre, February 25, 2014 report on the loss of 300,000 jobs in Ontario. It includes how much higher electricity prices are part of the reason for this loss.

Structuring the Ontario electricity market to produce economically efficient long-term price signals ,prepared for the C.D. Howe Institute, July 3rd, 2013

Installation of Smart-Metering Systems in Residential Complexes, Ontario Energy Board, March 24/09

Its Greed Stupid! Debunking the Ten Myths of Utility Dereguation by Public Citizen, January 30, 2001, a U.S. publication


Ontario Hydro Newspaper Articles, Columns and Letters to the Editor

Wynne’s cheap energy charade , Toronto Sun, July 25, 2015

New Chair and Board Member at the Independent Electricity System Operator , Canada New Wire, July 24, 2015

Deep-6 the High-5 Ontario electricity program , Finacial Post, July 24, 2015

VIEWPOINT: Nanticoke and the future of electricity , Norfolk News, July 23, 2015

Sale of Hydro One will cause rates to soar, CUPE says , Guelph Mercury, July 23, 2015

Hydro One hit with $125M class action lawsuit , CBC News, July 22, 2015

Ontario Power Generation's new CEO earning $775K , Toronto Star, July 22,, 2015

Wind Turbine decision creating turmoil (includes bird habitats) , Peterborough Examiner, July 22, 2015

New OPG boss has plenty of green (as in money) in future , Toronto Sun, July 22, 2015

CNA Applauds Canadian Energy Strategy , Nuclear Street News, Jul 22, 2015

Proposed electricity deal a shocking curiosity , Toronto Sun, July 21, 2015

CUPE Ontario alleges Liberal government violated securities laws re: Hydro One , Canadian Manufacturing, July 21, 2015

Gull Island, dead duck , Financial Post, July 21, 2015

Ontario looks to Newfoundland for hydro deal , Globe and Mail, July 20, 2015

‘These are first steps towards creating a national grid': Ontario in talks to buy power from Newfoundland , National Post, July 20, 2015

Ontario's manufacturing slump draws fire , Toronto Sun, July 18, 2015

An ill-wind in Ontario , Toronto Sun, July 18, 2015

High cost of electricity driving manufacturing out of Ontario: Oshawa Chamber of Commerce , Oshawa This Week, July 17, 2015

Ontario Appoints New Hydro One Board of Directors , Ontario Government Press Release, July 17, 2015

New research suggests wind turbines excite brains - and not in a good way , Herald Sun (Australia), July 16, 2015

Town of Bracebridge taking province to task on Hydro concerns , Bracebridge Examiner, July 16, 2015

Is Natural Gas the Answer for Electric Utilities? , Canada Free Press, July 16, 2015

Cochrane Power Begins Issuing Termination Notices to Employees , Market Watch Press Release, July 16, 2015

Northumberland County backs Hydro One resolution , Northumberland Today, July 16, 2015

The risk of government sticking its fingers in the electric socket , Calgary Herald, July 16, 2015

Hydro costs bad for business: Newmarket, Aurora chambers of commerce , Newmarket Era, July 15, 2015

Denley: Why conserve an energy surplus? , Ottawa Citizen, July 15, 2015

Hydro bills soar while green energy lags , Toronto Sun, July 14, 2015

Environmental adviser urges Ontario premier to strengthen climate plan , Globe and Mail, July 14, 2015

Chrysler CEO tells Kathleen Wynne hydro costs making Ontario too expensive for businesses , National Post, July 13, 2015

Hydro rates 'handicap' for luring manufacturers , Toronto Sun, July 13, 2015

Ultimate cost of cap-and-trade a mystery , Toronto Sun, July 13, 2015

Uncertainty puts Ontario blue-collar jobs at risk , Toronto Sun, July 13, 2015

Kathleen Wynne's short leash on accountability , CBC News, July 11, 2015

Hydro One completes Haldimand Utilities purchase , Hamilton Spectator, July 11, 2015

Going green: Does Ontario’s energy shift have the power to sustain itself? , Globe and Mail, July 10, 2015

Deer Lake First Nation Suffers from Ontario Hydro Lack of Capacity , Net News Ledger Thunder Bay, July 9, 2015

Ontario budget watchdog hits government brick wall , Toronto Star, July 8, 2015

Skyrocketing electricity rates may force one in 20 Ontario businesses to close , Globe and Mail, July 8, 2015

BS detector overloads on statements by Ontario government ,Toronto Sun, July 8 , 2015

Ontario shows its financial resolve by giving Hydro workers fat new deal... , National Post, July 7, 2015

Green energy subsidies spiral out of control , The Telegraph (UK), July 4, 2015

Ontario Promotes Climate Change Education , Government of Ontario Press Release, July 3, 2015

Government not releasing info on Hydro One sale: NDP MPP , Toronto Sun, July 2, 2015

Ahead of federal vote, Ontario Federation of Agriculture keen to talk issues , Brantford Expositor, July 2, 2015

Corunna Solar Project would be located along Highway 40 , Sarnia Observer, June 29, 2015

Electricity Should Remain Public: Horwath , Blackburn News, June 24, 2015

Brant joins chorus against Hydro One , Brantford Expositor, June 24, 2015

Gates slams Hydro One sell-off in council presentation , Niagara Falls Buttet, June 24, 2015

Ottawa Mayor 'optimistic' about hydro talks , Ottawa Citizen, June 24, 2015

Deadline approaches for Woodstock Hydro sale responses, as the OEB will make its final decision after June 24 , Woodstock Sentinel-Review, June 23, 2015

EDITORIAL: Why so mum on Hydro One, premier? , Toronto Sun, June 20, 2015

'Electricity rates don't stay static' , Barrie Examiner, June 22, 2015

Citizens speak out on hydro sale , Peterborough Examiner, June 19, 2015

Hydro One sale: Ontario selects Scotiabank, RBC as underwriters , Canadian Press, June 17, 2015

New poll says 88 percent of Peterborough opposes plan to privatize Hydro One , Northumberland View, June 17, 2015

Hydro One not premier’s to sell, NDP leader says , St. Catharines Standard, 2015

Water levels due to Enerdu operations result in net power loss to Ontario , Millstone, June 16, 2015

Report calls for ban on energy sales at home: EllenRoseman , Toronto Star, June 16, 2015

Premier Wynne's sale of 60% of the troubled provincial utility puts it behind a veil of secrecy , Toronto Sun, June 13, 2015

RET Capital agrees financing for 14.1-MW Ontario solar buy , SeeNews, June 12, 2015

Industry hydro prices could jump 15%: AMPCO , Toronto Sun, June 10, 2015

Horwath warns of high rates, low accountability if Hydro One sold , Kitchener-Waterloo Record, June 9, 2015

Phase-out coal campaign not supported by the evidence , Tory Media, June 9, 2015

Federal Outcry over Selling Off of Hydro One , Wawa News, June 8, 2015

Selling us a bill of goods on Hydro , Toronto Star, Letter, June 7, 2015

LCBO has record $5.2B in sales , Hamilton Spectator, June 6, 2015

Premier Kathleen Wynne sets out the battle plan for Ontario Liberals , Toronto Sun, June 6, 2015

Crisis averted as Ont. smart meter explodes next to gas line , Postmedia, June 3, 2015

Budget passing sets stage for Hydro One sale , Toronto Sun, June 3, 2015

Ontario Liberals pull veil of secrecy over Hydro One sell-off , Globe and Mail, June 2, 2015

Solar panels unneccssary , The Echo Haliburton County, Lettter, June 2, 2015

ITC seeks DOE permit for transmission line between Ontario, PJM (to sell more "Green Power" at a loss to the USA) , See News "Business News... for the renewable energy sector", June 2, 2015

Greens call for multi-party effort to fund transportation without Hydro sell off , Northumberland View, June 2, 2015

Shocking Liberal incompetence , Toronto Sun, Lorrie Goldstein, May 30, 2015

Chiarelli says move on from billing screw-up , Ottawa Sun, May 29, 2015

Automatic withdrawals a slippery slope , Barrie Examiner, May 29, 2015

Invenergy Planning Ontario Wind Farm , North American Windpower, May 29, 2015

Horwath seeks referendum on sale of Hydro One , Toronto Sun, May 28, 2015

Convergent To Install GE Energy Storage System For Ontario Grid , Solar Industry, May 28, 2015

The darker side of solar power , Globe and Mail, May 27, 2015

Hydro One mistreated, misled customers about billing problems, ombudsman says , Canadian Press, May 25, 2015

NDP leader Andrea Horwath slams Liberal plan to sell portion of Hydro One in London , CTV News London, May 23, 2015

Bradley Not On Board With Hydro One Plan , Sarnia News, May 23, 2015

No Smart Meter follow up if Hydro One sold: Auditor general , Toronto Sun, May 21, 2015

Ontario readies legislation to ram through new hydro corridors , Ottawa Citizen, May 21, 2015

More increases in store for NOTL hydro customers (and everybody come 2016) , Niagara Advance, May 21, 2015

Ontario Sets Two-Tiered Underwriting Fee Structure for Hydro One IPO , Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2015

Horwath slams McMeekin for Hydro One sell off , Hamilton Spectator, May 21, 2015

Potential Hydro One owners a concern , Toronto Sun, May 19, 2015

Canadian Solar secures US$44 million loan for Ontario PV plant , (Photovoltaic) PV Magazine, May 19, 2015

Why Kathleen Wynne’s Hydro One sell-off is a sellout , Toronto Star, May 18, 2015

Hydro One customers living in fear , Cornwall Seaway News, May 18, 2015

Controversial Ontario nuclear waste plan approved , WBFO Buffalo, May 18, 2015

CUPE argues sale will lead to higher rates, less than 40 per cent ownership , Bayshore Broadcasting, May 16, 2015

Ontario industries hammered by energy costs , Toronto sun, May 16, 2015

Ontario Liberals blacking out Adam Beck's energy legacy , Toronto Sun, May 16, 2015

Ontario watchdogs slam Wynne’s Hydro One sale , Toronto Star, May 14, 2015

Editorial: Where’s Wynne on rising hydro rates? , Toronto Sun, May 14, 2015

Provincial watchdogs being marginalized , Toronto Sun, May 12, 2015

Councillors call on province to stop privatization plan , Brantford Expositor, May 12, 2015

Hydro One privatization will hurt schools , Guelph Mercury, May 12, 2015

Hydro One sale a bad idea: Former TD chief economist and Secretary of State for Finance , Digital Journal, May 12, 2015

(Ottawa Mayor) Watson wants Hydro One rate cut , Ottawa Community News, May 8, 2015

Horwath blasts Hydro One sale at Brampton town hall , Brampton Guardian, May 8, 2015

(Energy Minister) Chiarelli charade has gone on long enough , Almaguin News, May 7, 2015

Hydro One share deal casts doubts on Wynne’s Ontario labour-costs promise , Globe and Mail, May 6, 2015

Ontario Liberals take heat for offering Hydro One shares in labour settlement , Globe and Mail, May 5, 2015

Energy Professor Declares Germany Energiewende "A Failure", "Population Left Disillusioned" , No Tricks Zone, May 5, 2015

NDP accuse Ontario Liberals of contempt , Inside Halton, May 5, 2015

Renewable energy all but guarantees higher electricity bills , Kitchener Waterloo Record, May 4, 2015

Wynne’s green scheme could deal massive blow to Ontario and Canada , Globe and Mail, May 3, 2015

Deal with power workers raises warning signs: Editorial , Toronto Star, May 3, 2015

Wynne’s green scheme could deal massive blow to Ontario and Canada , Globe and Mail, May 3, 2015

Paying a price for selling off Hydro One , Toronto Star, May 2, 2015

TCHC board orders review of unequal hydro bills , Toronto Star, May 1, 2015

Trudeau advisor Gerald Butts' "green" energy policies cost Ontario 300,000 jobs -- admits liberal think tank , Rebel Media, April 30, 2015

The slippery road of privatization , Recorder and Times, April 30, 2015

Proposed Hydro One privatization eerily similar to Nova Scotia Power sell-off , NUPGE, April 30, 2015

Hydro costs too high , Kitchener-Waterloo Record, April 29, 2015

Selling Hydro One: Wynne's betrayal of public interest , Hamilton Spectator, April 29, 2015

Ontario electricity costs ‘breaking’ province’s manufacturing sector , Windsor Star, April 28, 2015

Hydro One sell-off sacrifices customers , Hamilton Spectator, April 28, 2015

Hydro One sale plan not good for taxpayers , Hamilton Spectator, April 28, 2015

In selling a chunk of Hydro One, Wynne is forgetting Ontario’s history , Globe and Mail, April 27, 2015

Ontario government accused of misleading public about plans to sell off Hydro One , Canadian Press, April 27, 2015

Ontario's hydro situation getting worse: Expert , Toronto Sun, April 25, 2015

Premier Wynne and her climate change minister are relying on rhetoric, rather than evidence, to defend cap-and-trade , Toronto Sun, April 25, 2015

Ontario's Hydro One sale will raise your electricity rates , CBC, April 20, 2015

Hydro zapping customers with May 1 increase , Toronto Sun, April 20, 2015

Liberals responsible for own track record , Hamilton Spectator, April 20, 2015

Ontario Liberals plan to sell 60% of Hydro One would send power rates skyrocketing, opposition says , The Canadian Press, April 20, 2015

Hydro One sale means loss of ombud oversight , Toronto Sun, April 19, 2015

Premier Wynne Must Engage with First Nations on Hydro One Sale: Chief Isadore Day , net News Ledger, Anishinabek, April, 19, 2015

Manufacturing carbon hobgoblins , Financial Post, April 14, 2015

Ontario’s greenhouse gas plan: Is this Green Energy Act, Round II? , Globe and Mail, April 13, 2015

Wynne unveils Ontario's plan to sign cap-and-trade deal , Toronto Sun, April 13, 2015

Blind River taxpayers chew out council about $50M green energy loan , CBC, April 10, 2015

Ontario Liberals' gas-plants scandal: Everything you need to know , Globe and Mail, April 1, 2015

Average Ontario hydro bill to go up about $120 a year , Toronto Star, March 26, 2015

Privatizing Hydro One risks losing oversight , Toronto Sun, March 11, 2015

Liberals eye $10 billion Hydro One windfall , Toronto Star, March 11, 2015

Smart meter malfunction has man billed for neighbour's electricity , QMI Agency, February 13, 2015

Toronto Hydro reminds pedestrians and pet owners to be cautious around electrical equipment this winter , Press Release, February 2, 2015

Smart meters not living up to their billing , Hamilton Spectator, January 5, 2015

Ontario Liberals to pay back $10,000 in relation to gas plant scandal. Just $999.99-million to go , National Post, December 31, 2014

Green energy program flawed, costly , Niagara This Week, December 25, 2014

Smart meters have few benefits for big costs: AG report , Toronto Star, December 9, 2014

Ontario Gas Plant Scandal: Liberals Accused Of Blocking Witnesses At Committee , Canadian Press, October 21, 2014

How green energy is fleecing Ontario electricity consumers , Financial Post, October 29, 2014

Germany issues warrants for two in $171 mln CO2 trading fraud probe , Reuters, September 30, 2014

Solar Energy Isn’t Always as Green as You Think , IEEE Spectrum, August 26, 2014

Smart meters linked to 13 fires in Ontario, Fire Marshal says , Canadian Press, Aug 8, 2014

Highrises need backup generators, says ice storm panel , Toronto Star, June 18, 2014

Liberal government changed green energy rules to benefit Liberal-linked firms, court filing charges , National Post, June 8, 2014

Alleged plan to cover up Ontario gas plant scandal was ‘criminally stupid,’ top bureaucrat tells committee , National Post, April 16, 2014

Timeline: Ontario's gas plant cancellation scandal , CTV News, March 27, 2014

Power price pressure will ease, says Chiarelli , Toronto Star, February 27, 2014

Province’s industries pay highest electricity rates in North America , Toronto Star, February 26, 2014

Hydro rates: Time of use rates haven’t spurred conservation, study finds , Toronto Star, January 3, 2014

Hydro fee hits record high. The biggest single component in your hydro bill has hit a record high , Toronto Star, December 13, 2013

Ontario Liberals scrap local content rules for green energy , Toronto Star, December 12, 2013

Hydro bills to rise as off-peak power rates jump sharply , Toronto Star, October 17, 2013

If not new nuclear plants, what’s Ontario plan? , Toronto Star, October 10, 2013

Power plant cancellations could cost $1.1B: Auditor general , Toronto Star, October 8, 2013

Ontario power fee sets new record , Toronto Star, September 3, 2013

Ontario’s power policies an example of what not to do , Globe and Mail, August 18, 2013

Smart meter, dumb hydro bill , Toronto Star, July 29, 2013

Green energy job claims are a farce , Toronto Sun, June 26, 2013

Smart-meter charge coming to Ontario hydro bills , Toronto Star, March 28, 2013

Surplus wind power could cost Ontario ratepayers up to $200 million: IESO , Toronto Star, February 26, 2013

TransCanada reports it got $250 million for Oakville plant cancellation , Toronto Star, February, 12, 2013

European energy lessons for Dalton McGuinty , National Post, February 22, 2012

Don’t understand hydro? Don’t worry. Just pay up. , Toronto Star, December 06, 2011

Privacy on the Smart Grid Are smart meters spies? , IEEE Spectrum, October 5, 2010

Another sneaky hydro hike, Toronto Sun, September 23, 2010

Electric rates will soar for five years, Toronto Star September 1, 2010

Smart meters $1 billion price tag to skyrocket, says NDP, Toronto Star August 23, 2010

Ontario asset sale could raise up to $12 billion, Toronto Star, June 19, 2010

Tax officers arrest 22 in UK carbon (credits) fraud probe , Telegraph, (UK) 30 April, 2010

Consumers group calls Ontario hydro levy illegal, Toronto Star, April 27, 2010

Ontario slaps new 'green' tax on electricity bills, Toronto Star, March 20, 2010

No payoff in off-peak power conservation, Toronto Star, March 14, 2010

(Ontario government) HST will zap households an extra $225 for gas, hydro, Toronto Sun, Feb 23, 2010

Smart grid could turn appliances into spies, experts warn, CBC, Feb 19, 2010

Your smart meter is watching, Toronto Star, November 17, 2009

Renters wary of smart meters, Toronto Star, June 17/08

Industry caught in carbon ‘smokescreen’ , Financial Times, April 25, 2007

City of Ottawa bans Fluorescent Bulbs from garbage because of toxic mercury content CBC, April 12/06

Mercury in fluorescent bulbs risky Toronto Star March 4/06

Smart meters bring clash over hydro Toronto Star Feb 27/06

Ontario's push to privatize power infrastructure Financial Post May 30/05 A must read

Ontario tenants could face energy bills Toronto Star May 6/05

Poorest families could tip over edge London Free Press Mar 12/05

Revised `smart meter' program may add to costs Toronto Star Feb 10/05

Smart meter cost may double, $3 to $4 more on monthly electricity bills Toronto Star Jan 27/05

Firms give tenants separate meters. Advocates fear change could hurt poor Toronto Star Dec 15/04

Ontario hydro customers could have to pay $2.3 billion for smart meters CP Oct 29/04

Meter is now running on apartment and condominium plan Toronto Star Sep 9/04

Grit fundraisers spur calls for disclosure London Free Press Aug 28/04

Ontario Energy minister defends tourney, Won't influence bids, Duncan says Toronto Star Aug 26/04

Ontario Liberal policies could provoke spiralling electricity costs G&M Aug 23/04

Hydro, rent aid for poor inadequate Toronto Star Mar 30/04

`Smart meters' will cost us, Toronto Star, March 27, 2004

Ontarians willing to pay higher electricity bills, (Energy Minister Dwight) Duncan says, Globe and Mail, March 3, 2004

Agencies fear hydro cutoffs will hurt children London Free Press, March 11, 2003

McGuinty admits to flip-flopping position on Hydro One privatization, Canadian Press, June 3, 2002

Ontario Liberals' McGuinty calls for breakup of Ontario Power Generation, by Paul Vieira, Fin. Post, March 15, 2002


So much is happening and has been written on this issue that I have moved the links to Ontario electricity reports, studies & over 100 additional articles here. These are only in order by date so that page is primarily for research purposes, and not for the light reader.



Ontario power blackout and electricity brownouts


Read my Power Blackout Outage Tips for tenants.

Blackout 2003: How Ontario went dark , Toronto Star, August 13, 2013

Experts Assess Deregulation as Factor in '03 Blackout New York Times Sept 16/05

Six key steps Queen's Park must take to ensure a safe, reliable power for Ontario, Toronto Star, Sept 19, 2003

Electricity facts, Globe and Mail, August 19, 2003




Rising Electricity Rates: really a hidden city tax


On Thursday, August 9, 2001, there was a public forum on electrical deregulation in Ontario, held at the Emmanuel-Howard Park United Church Hall. Bruno Solano, President of CUPE Local 1, Toronto Hydro, and Joyce Nobel a former hydro worker, discussed how for all of its history Toronto Hydro was run by the City of Toronto as a "consumer-cooperative" that set rates to break even; there was to be no profit. Now the City of Toronto (Mississauga has done the same) has turned it into a supposedly arms-length corporation, on which it wants profits, which Mr. Solano said was told to start bringing in $150,000,000 a year by 2005, to go into city coffers. This is clearly a hidden tax the city wants to impose on residents. How much would it mean to tenants? And Mr. Solano's predictions are coming too true. For 2004 the City of Toronto is to receive $25 million in "dividends" plus $67 million in "interest" from the new Toronto Hydro, and this $92 million a year windfall works out to be a $36 a year hidden tax for each woman, man and child in Toronto much of it hidden in higher rents.

Since they are trying to increase profits they are also reducing staffing and preventative maintenance, both essential to maintain a reliable source of electricity. In four or five years will brown-outs become the norm? And heaven help us should be get a bad ice storm.

City receives $18.2M hydro dividend , Ottawa Sun, June 22, 2015

Ten apply for intervener status at Hydro Ottawa rate hearing , Ottawa Citizen, June 11, 2015

Residents file objections over Hydro Ottawa's proposed 24% distribution hike , Ottawa Citizen, June 8, 2015

Deadline nears to oppose Hydro Ottawa's proposed 24-per-cent rate hike , Ottawa Citizen, June 3, 2015

Toronto Hydro Corporation releases its 2014 Annual Report , CNW, May 15, 2015

Hydro rate hike fans hard to find , Ottawa Sun, May 11, 2015

Toronto Hydro executive pay edges up , Toronto Star, April 1, 2014

Toronto Hydro CEO gets pension top-up of up to $1.65 million , Toronto Star, April 2, 2013

Toronto Hydro reported higher profit and paid a higher dividend to the city in 2011 , Toronto Star, March 6, 2012

Higher rates, usage boost Toronto Hydro income , Toronto Star, March 14, 2011

Leaders mute on hydro debt, by John Wilson, Toronto Star, Nov 1/07

Toronto Hydro asks for 4% rate hike, Toronto Star, Aug 4/07

In the end, Harris could help Miller Toronto Star Feb 20/06

Landlords battling city over utility bills London Free Press Nov 30/03

Toronto Hydro quadrupled 2002 profits Toronto Star Apr 2/03

Toronto's out-of-sight Hydro kitty, by John Spears, Toronto Star Mar 30/02

Buying Hydro, twice is an Oct 23/01 editorial that outlines the mechanics of how the City of Toronto is using Toronto Hydro as a new source of income.



Natural Gas Rates

In the winter of 2000, there was a jump in natural gas prices, peaking at about 4 times the present price and averaging about 2.5 times the present average. There were claims of a natural gas shortage while hundreds of "sweet gas" wells lie capped in the very shallow and accessible waters of Lake Erie. Sweet gas is a term used for the purest natural gas.

Experts mostly agree the natural gas price spike of late 2000/early 2001 was due to market manipulation, and that the further spike in January 2003 was due to speculators and not due to any shortage.

To understand how this affects Ontario tenants, and how the Tenant Protection Act, permits landlords to get this increase twice, plus get a 2% bonus, you can visit the Rent Increase Guideline section of my Current Issues page.

Energy Board curbs gas conservation programs , Toronto Star, January, 1, 2015

Former natural gas trader is sentenced, Houston Chronicle, November 3/08

Police the energy markets, New Jersey Star-Ledger, Jan 05/08

Food bank already feeling heat Ottawa Sun Oct 6/05

Increasing natural gas prices a puzzle AP Nov 17/04

Big Oil greed greater issue than supply and demand The Pantagraph, Illinois, Nov 6/04

Utility broke law, top court rules Toronto Star Apr 23/04

Enbridge rapped for usurious late-fee penalties Globe and Mail Apr 23/04

Direct Energy: Retailers still treating customers with disdain Toronto Star Apr 3/04

Natural gas supplies dwinding, price rising, as Ontario government pushes for switch from coal-fired generators to natural gas Toronto Star Feb 24/04

Aquila will pay $26.5 million in natural gas prices investigation, AP, January 29, 2004

Six firms settle over natural gas index reporting Houston Chronicle Jan 28/04

Natural Gas Prices Rising CP Jan 5/02

Here is a chart of monthly natural gas prices in $US per million Btu:

Natural Gas Prices - New York Mercantile Exchange - Monthly graph



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