Ontario’s new electricity plan more of an Iron Curtain

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Ontario, Canada — (METERING.COM) — June 30, 2006 – Following media promotion and mounting public interest, the new 20-year electricity plan for the Ontario region of Canada has been met with skepticism and overall disdain by locals, with some referring to a forthcoming “police state in electricity”.

Under the McGuinty government the new policy seeks to reduce electricity consumption per capita by as much as 20%, as well as assign new directives regarding nuclear power and renewable energy sources.

In order to achieve this, the Ontario Energy Board has urged commercial property owners and office managers to instill some “behavioral change” by using less heat and promoting “more casual, cooler business attire”.

A similar model of efficient energy usage has also been applied to residential users by urging the use of high-efficiency windows and basements in newly built homes and those undergoing renovation. With the allotted saving in energy usage, the government has promised a form of payback covering the incurred cost, but only after a three to eight year waiting period.

Following research last year indicating that Ontario faces massive power shortages, decisive action was taken to draft an action plan to stop the incumbent energy disaster. The research indicated that in the next few years demand in Ontario is set to rise to 35,000 MW while supply is scheduled to fall to 10,000 MW, in part due to a plan to drop coal production of 6,400 MW.

Under the McGuinty government, energy policy is administered through the Ontario Power Authority, the Ontario Energy Board, the Independent Electricity System Operator, Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One.