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Subsequent to editor Terence Corcoran writing about the complex situation of Ontario power generation and the fees being charged to consumers, several readers wrote in to the National Post, none too happy about what’s going on. And none of them are facing giant industrial wind turbines next to their homes, either.

Here are excerpts from some of the letters (full text is available online at nationalpost.com):

New power not needed

Re: Power failure, October 8. You couldn’t be more right about yet another government fiasco…

I’ve been watching the Ontario Power Generation website for the past two years. On the site they show what they are currently generating and compare it to their capacity. As of 7:30 a.m., OPG was generating approximately 9,700 megwatts and their stated capacity is 19,000 MW, which, incidentally, is down substantially from their 2008 stated cap[acity of 27,500 MW (probably due to shutdowns for upgrades, etc.). This means that during this morning’s peak usage period, Ontario was consuming approximately half of its generating capacity.

Even during the summer’s heat waves, we barely ever exceeded 60-70%. Ideally, a power producer should try to be at 90+% of capacity in order to use its assets efficiently (maybe even make some profit?). They should be encouraging people to consumer power, given the excess capacity.

With most of Ontario’s manufacturing industries at either 50% capacity (at best) or already gone for good (take a drive through the industrial park in Mississauga), there is absolutely no need for any new capacity, eve less so at prices only an idiot would agree to pay; why not just buy Quebec’s or Michigan’s excess power as necessary?

I don’t suppose OPG will be announcing any layoffs to try to size its business in accordance with the current economic climate and maintain fiscal stability … didn’t think so.

Glen Blenkarn, Pickering

After reading Mr. Corocran’s shocking summary of the present Ontario Liberal government’s green energy initiative, I realized that an important factor had been omitted, which suggests the overall costs will be higher still.

Mr. Smitherman and Mr. McGuinty have funded the entire project, coyly entitled the “Green Energy Act,” with borrowed money. This means that interest payments on the financing will push electricity prces up even higher than those predicted — much higher. Just how does Mr. McGuinty expect this dizzying financial burden to be repaid? Feed-back tariffs? Rebates? The provincial government will be forced into playing a very high-stakes shell game (read: increased taxes), for however you choose to slice it, it’s all taxpayers’ money anyway—spent before it has been earned.

Martin Bender, Ottawa

I believe the National Post made an error in publishing Terence Corcoran’s expose of George Smitherman’s actions as environment minister in the Financial Post. The fact that the programs Mr. Smitherman implemented will cause hydro rates in Ontario to rise 65% in the next five years affects every individual and business in this province. Something so punitive to the economy and well-being of the residents, should be on the front page of the National Post.

I suggest this makes the eHealth mess he instigated look like chump change.

Anne Robinson, Toronto

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