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

Note: Effective Nov 1, 2015, the Ontario Energy Board has raised the price of electricity in Ontario for residential consumers to 17.5 cents per kilowatt hour, (up from 14 cents a year go, which is 3-3/4 times what we were paying in 2003) and a 25% increase just the past year, between 11 a.m and 5 p.m., weekdays. "Mid-peak" rates climb to 12.8 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 an increase of 12.28% in 12 months. Off-peak rates rise to 8.3 cents/kWh (up from 7.7 cents/kWh) for 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays, weekends and holidays an annual increase of 7.22%.

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%.

The Ontario Energy Board has a chart of Historical Electricity Prices. Remember that many people underestimate the rate of increae they see in the news as rates increase twice a year, on May 1 and another increase on November 1 of every year.

That plus all sorts of other fees on top of Ontario Hydro rates 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 (Ontario 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

Assessment of the Financial Impact of the Partial Sale of Hydro One , Financial Accountability Office of Ontario, October 2015

Ontario Hydro

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)

Ontario’s Electricity Dilemma - Energy Policy Presentation , April 2015, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

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

Hydro bills continue to go up and up and up , Toronto Sun, November 19, 2015

Hydrostor launching compressed air power storage off Toronto Island , Globe and Mail, November 17, 2015

Progressive Conservatives Questions Liberals on Hydro One Salaries , Net News Ledger, November 16, 2015

Not too late to tell government to stop Hydro One sale, Brockville audience told , St. Lawrence News, November 14, 2015

Ontario utility Hydro One's quarterly profit rises 11 pct , Reuters, November 13, 2015

Hydro One insider Majesty The Queen In Right Her Sells 8,150,000 Shares , Dakota Financial News, November 13, 2015

Ontario’s smart meters vulnerable to hacking and present a threat to the grid, New Democrat warns , National Post, November 10, 2015

Privatizing assets can harm public , Toronto Sun, November 8, 2015

Powerline to nowhere: Documents show it may not have been needed , CTV Toronto, November 6, 2015

Ontario enlarged loans to unions so they could buy more shares in hot Hydro One Inc IPO , Financial Post, November 6 , 2015

Wynne’s personal approval rating hits new low amid teacher troubles and Hydro One sale , National Post, November 6, 2015

The obsession with global warming will put the lights out all over Britain , Telegraph (UK), November 6, 2015

Powerline to nowhere: $100M powerline costing taxpayers millions , CTV News, November 5, 2015

Five things you need to know about Hydro One: Big revenues, big profits and big salaries , The Canadian Press, November 5, 2015

Hydro One Ltd makes its debut on the Toronto Stock Exchange in biggest IPO in 15 years , Canadian Press, November 5, 2015

Province of Ontario Reports Hydro One Share Ownership Pursuant to OSC Rule 62-504 , Ontario Ministry of Energy, November 5, 2015

Hydro fee hike may shock York Region seniors, young families , Newmarket Era, November 4, 2015

Whatever happened to ?power at cost'? Editorial , Orangeville Citizen, November 4, 2015

Trudeau to make Ontario energy fiasco national , Postmedia, November 3 , 2015

Canada's Hydro One drew buying interest from pension funds: Ontario minister , Reuters, November 2, 2015

Shame on Hydro One for pending city clear cut , Guelph Mercury, November 2, 2015

Electricity costs in Ontario could hurt Liberal base , Shoreline Beacon, November 2, 2015

Why privatizing Hydro One is proving politically costly , Toronto Star, November 1, 2015

It’s not too late to nix disastrous Hydro One sell-off , Toronto Star, November 1, 2015

On-peak price of electricity has jumped 77 per cent for Hydro One users since 2010 , CBC, November 1 , 2015

Ontarians hit with electricity rate hike , Toronto Sun, October 31, 2015

Kathleen Wynne’s bone-headed plan to sell Hydro One could backfire: Walkom , Toronto Star, October 31, 2015

Wynne’s fire sale of Hydro One exposed , Toronto Sun, October 31, 2015

Hydro One closes $46M purchase of Woodstock Hydro Holdings , Canadian Press, October 31, 2015

Utilities merger makes step forward , St. Catharines Standard, October 31, 2015

Will fat commission tradition be back for next Hydro One share sale? , Business News Network, October 30, 2015

Ontario government should put plan to sell off Hydro One on hold: Editorial , Toronto Star, October 30, 2015

Ontario Liberals are peddling Hydro One for the equivalent of a payday loan , National Post, October 30 , 2015

Wynne plows ahead with discredited sell-off of Hydro One , Wawa News, October 30, 2015

Selling Hydro cheap isn't smart , Windsor Star, October 30, 2015

Metrolinx pulls plug on Lisgar GO station wind turbine (It only produced 1/11 of the promised power) , Mississauga News, October 29 , 2015

Hydro One sale to cost up to $500-million in lost revenue yearly , Globe and Mail, October 29 , 2015

‘Worst deal in the province’s history’: Opposition slam Ontario’s ‘ludicrous’ Hydro One sell-off , National Post, October 29 , 2015

Hydro One sale will hurt Ontario budget, watchdog warns , Waterloo Record, October 29 , 2015

Hydro One to navigate choppy IPO market with fat payout ,Business News Network , October 27 , 2015

Burlington Hydro cutting costs with new efficient $722K micro turbines , Burlington Post, October 24 , 2015

Selling Hydro will only increase the harm , Windsor Star, October 24, 2015

More Hydro rate shock , Brockville Recorder, October 23, 2015

Ontario turns into a banker for unions so they can buy Hydro One shares , Financial Post, October 22, 2015

PC Leader Brown Says Premier Wynne Giving Up on Ring of Fire , Net News Ledger, October 22, 2015

Preem sticking with Hydro One sale despite Trudeau win , Toronto Sun, October 21, 2015

Fedeli calculates year-over-year jump at 33 per cent , North Bay Nipissing News, October 21, 2015

Hydro rate increase coming Nov. 1 , Ottawa Community News, October 20, 2015

Hydro One sale a mistake , Barrie Examiner, October 20, 2015

‘Hey, I’m in the dark here!’ , Toronto Sun, October 19 , 2015

Wynne zaps hydro customers, again , Toronto Sun, October 17, 2015

Electricity prices to increase, just in time for winter , Ottawa Citizen, October 16 , 2015

Hydro One will be a dividend stock worth considering , Globe and Mail, October 16, 2015

Whitby joins more than 170 municipalities across the province opposed to privatization of publicly owned utility , Whitby This Week, October 15, 2015

Hydro One Pitched as Higher Dividend Payout Than Utility Peers , Bloomberg Business News, October 13, 2015

Hydro One sale to bring in 25% less than expected; Liberal MPPs can expect to suffer consequences , Northumberland View, October 13, 2015

Put Hydro One sale to a vote (letter) , Toronto Star, October 13, 2015

Ontario seeks to raise up to $1.7-billion in Hydro One IPO , Globe and Mail, October 9, 2015

Consumers will pay for Wynne's sale of Hydro assets (letter) , Windsor Star, October 8, 2015

Hydro comparison speaks volumes about energy costs in Ontario , Manitoulin Expositor, October 7, 2015

Government must explain unbudgeted $2.6 billion cash payment to Hydro One , Northumberland View, October 5, 2015

Ontario government paid $6.5M to consultants over sale of agency it ended up selling for only $6M , Canadian Press, September 29, 2015

Growing number of Ontario municipalities oppose sale of Hydro One , Canadian Press, September 28, 2015

Unreasonable hydro sale ‘lacks foresight’ , Cambridge Time, September 28, 2015

Wind energy claim that it’s clean not true in Ontario context , Sarnia Observer, September 25, 2015

Municipalities urged to resist Hydro One sale , Thunder Bay News Watch, September 25, 2015

Ontario moves ahead with partial sell-off of Hydro One , Ottawa West Community News, September 23, 2015

Hydro One privatization plan stands on shaky ground, Wynne rivals say , Toronto Star, September 22, 2015

Ontario Progressive Conservatives Concerned over Hydro One Salaries , Net New Ledger, September 21, 2015

Ontario Hydro One executives receive robust raises ahead of IPO , Globe and Mail, September 18, 2015, 2015

Hydro One executive salaries soaring as the Crown utility is privatized , Toronto Star, September 18, 2015

Hydro One CEO could get $4 Million , Toronto Sun, September 18, 2015

Class action lawsuit filed against Hydro One , Manitoulin Expositor, September 16, 2015

Ontario Liberals Defend Hydro One Sale They Once Opposed , Canadian Press, September 15, 2015

Wynne withholding details on Hydro One sale to spare Trudeau’s Liberals, MPPs charge ,Toronto Star, September 14 , 2015

Ontario opposition parties warn Hydro One sale will drive rates higher , The Canadian Press, September 14, 2015

Wynne firm on Hydro One plans despite strong public opposition , Globe and Mail, September 14, 2015

KPMG tax avoidance and privatization schemes costly for public , NUPGE, September 14, 2015

Ontario’s Power Trip: Hydro One a pig in a poke , Financial Post, September 11, 2015

Ontario considers importing more electricity from Quebec , Canadian Press, September 11, 2015

Class action against Hydro One alleges widespread billing problems , Canadian Press, September 10, 2015

Kingston urges province to pull the plug on Hydro One sale , Kingston Region, September 8, 2015

Ontario needs to level the playing field of its electricity prices , Financial Post, September 3, 2015

Turbine protests: Green Energy Act under fire , CKWS TV Kingston, September 3, 2015

Hydro One workers to get shares in newly privatized utility, plus raises, but government claims it’s ‘net zero’ , Canadian Press, September 2, 2015

Hydro One signs labour deal ahead of controversial privatization plan , Globe and Mail, September 1, 2015

Hydro One declares dividend-in-kind on its common shares , Press Release, September 1, 2015

Carbon credit fraud no laughing matter , Toronto Sun, August 26, 2015

Public gets looks at plan for hydro megamerger , Hamilton Spectator, August 26, 2015

Carbon credits undercut climate change actions says report , BBC, August 25, 2015

Ontario government attempts smokescreen around Hydro One privatization , NUPGE Press Release, August 24, 2015

Mayo Schmidt, former Viterra CEO, appointed to lead Hydro One , Canadian Press, August 20, 2015

Ontario’s Power Trip: How Hydro is walloping Ontario business , Financial Post, August 18, 2015

Green job boasts fail to deliver , Toronto Sun, August 18, 2015

Electricity exports cost Ontario taxpayers $200 million in June , Toronto Sun, August 12, 2015

Province puts heat on Big Solar , London Free Press, August 10, 2015

Hydro rates continue to climb , Independent Free Press (Halton), August 6, 2015

Ontario’s power gesture flies in the face of Canadian Energy Strategy , Globe and Mail, July 31, 2015

Majority oppose Hydro One sale: government poll , CBC, July 30, 2015

Why electricity utilities need regulation (hello, Ontario) , Globe and Mail, July 29, 2015

Toronto Hydro says limit use of air conditioners or face blackouts , 680 News, July 29, 2015

Hydro One reinstates power to board of directors as Ontario plans IPO , Globe and Mail, July 28, 2015

Kathleen Wynne discards pledge to cap compensation of public executives: Goar , Toronto Star, July 28, 2015

Solar projects get mixed reviews in Wollaston , Bancroft This Week, July 28, 2015

Rising Electricity Rates Concern MPP Pettapiece , Blackburn News, July 28, 2015

Large number of complaints with Hydro One: McNaughton , Chatham Daily News, July 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report calls for ban on energy sales at home: Ellen Roseman , 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

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

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

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

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

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

Mom with autistic kids takes job at strip club so she can pay for massive electric heat bills, Barrie Examiner, May 26, 2015

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

Hydro One accused of deceit in ombudsman’s report on billing ‘crisis’ , Toronto Star, May 25, 2015

Why you should be closely checking your monthly hydro bill (Video) , CTV News, May 25, 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

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 Liberals wrong to shrug off Hydro warning , Ottawa Citizen, May 15, 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

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

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

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

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

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 One sale will raise your electricity rates , CBC, 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

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

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

Smart meters, another botched program on Ontario’s long list of power boondoggles , National Post, January 14, 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

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

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

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

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

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 300 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 Residential Tenancies Act, permits landlords to get this increase twice, 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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