Category Archives: Energy

Energy #17 – Death Spiral

Ontario Power Generation is going to go bankrupt. No, I am not speaking metaphorically.  Just as its predecessor Ontario Hydro did in 1999, so too OPG will reach the point of insolvency when it is no longer a viable commercial … Continue reading

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Energy #16 – The Big Build

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Energy #15 – An Answer for the Premier

Premier Kathleen Wynne is looking for a way to attack the rising cost of electricity, an increasingly dangerous political issue in Ontario. She has already given up the 8% Ontario portion of the HST, sure enough, but the public has … Continue reading

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Energy #14 – Corporate Governance

It may have been the first time I’ve heard the word “effrontery” actually voiced orally. The speaker was the Chairman of the Board of a small Ontario utility.  The subject was the Ontario Energy Board’s upcoming “guidance” to be given … Continue reading

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Energy #13 – The OEB Goes Bold

Someone called it “principled”, but that, although true, is probably an understatement.  A better word for it is probably “bold”. “It” is the Ontario Energy Board’s decision, released yesterday, on expansion of the natural gas system into unserved communities in … Continue reading

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Energy #12 – The RRFE is Implemented

Some context is in order.  Energy #12, on corporate governance and the role of the regulator, was ALREADY WRITTEN (…and it was brilliant, in my unbiased and humble opinion.)  It was going to be published today. Then, yesterday the Ontario … Continue reading

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Energy #11 – Outcomes: The End of ROE

“Outcomes” is a buzzword that has in the past few years become popular in the energy sector; so popular, in fact, that many veterans of the industry gag every time they hear it.   As with other buzzwords, it gets to … Continue reading

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