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12:15 p.m., Ottawa

Ottawa Mission feels the pinch of high power bills

The Ottawa Mission executive director Diane Morrison just told CTV News that the Mission will have to consider cutting programs and services in the New Year, due to increased electricity bills. “We’re way over budget,” she told reporter Karen Solomon. “We serve 1,200 meals here every day…we’re going to have to look at what we can cut back on,” Morrison said.

Solomon pointed out that the Mission, now on time-of-use metering for the power it uses, has no choice about when it uses electricity to provide meals to Ottawa’s poor and homeless. The link to the video is here: http://ottawa.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20080205/ott_highlights_noon/20080218/?hub=OttawaHome

Part of the reason for Ontario’s increased electricity bills is the subsidies going for wind and solar; last year, Ontario signed a $6.8-billion contract with Samsung to provide wind energy parts and installations in the province. And, solar energy producers are paid over 80 cents per kilowatt hour while consumers pay a maximum of 9.9 cents per kilowatt hour.

Commentators such as Tom Adams of Energy Probe, Lawrence Solomon and ex-banker Parker Gallant have said this is a completely unsustainable power system.

North Gower Wind Action Group

northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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