The government of Ontario is doing a planning exercise regarding Ontario's energy sector - as they do.
The big changes since the last time they went through the process is more useless supply is now contracted, the planning agency responsible for producting a long-term plan (the Ontario Power Authority) has been scapegoated at gas plant hearings and targetted for termination (by all 3 parties in the legislature).
The current Minister of Energy responds indignantly to truth with lies, and the Premier's mouthed 7-months of platitudes about conversing seems far more likely to produce a record of hypocrisy than anything else; the implementation of pre-existing bad policy is occurring much quicker under cover of her "conversation" routine.
Most of the submission is copied from my submission on the supply mix directive in January 2011, although there are some updated sections and the submission ends with a quickly written outline of 3 themes I'd meant to get to at some point:
- Market design
- Carrbon taxation
- Promotion of trade/capitalizing on a low-emission electricity sector.
In keeping with Ontario's policy of technical excellence, submission are text only; my submission is posted here in the font choice provided.