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Ontario Electricity up 9.8 per cent in 2011

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NORTH BAY, On --  January 7, 2012  --- “The only thing Independent Electricity System Operator report really shows is PC Energy Critic Vic Fedelithat the cost of electricity in Ontario went up 9.8 per cent last year,” said Fedeli.

The annual report from the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) on Ontario’s Energy Supply Mix only further proves how flawed Dalton McGuinty’s energy policy is, PC Energy Critic Vic Fedeli charged today.

The total cost of power in 2011 was 7.16 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), up from 6.52 cents in 2010.

And while the Liberals keep saying that wind is needed to replace coal, that’s clearly not what’s happening in Ontario, added Fedeli.

“There’s a reduction in coal use from 2010, but it’s not being replaced primarily by green-powered wind energy,” Fedeli said.

“That hole is being filled mostly by power from other sources.  For example, the output increase from natural gas plants was 36% greater than that of wind.”

Fedeli maintains Dalton McGuinty’s policy of adding intermittent wind power onto the power grid is resulting in Ontario exporting surplus power to Quebec and the northern United States at staggering losses.  The Auditor General confirmed Ontario has lost $1.8 billion in the past six years from surplus power exports.

“This flawed system is a direct result of Dalton McGuinty’s outrageous Feed-in-Tariff subsidies which are driving up the cost of electricity for Ontario families and businesses,” he said.

“It’s time for Dalton McGuinty to admit his green energy manifesto has failed and cancel the FIT program.”

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