I started writing what became this post as a quick tumblr hit on a single graph - as I started writing I brought in comments on the OCC piece more suited to my coldaircurrents site, and as I felt it necessary to point out the data problems are actually people/organization problems, the work ended up on my more flippant Wordpress site.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released a report last week:
“ Empowering Ontario: Constraining Costs and Staying Competitive in the Electricity Market, takes a look at the driving factors behind rising electricity costs in Ontario.It’s about time - at best; it may be too late. Near the end of 2015's first quarter I wrote Ontario's new electricity pricing program essentially taxes businesses to fund social program, which concluded many of the OCC’s members would be walloped by coming pricing changes:
Businesses below 3 MW average monthly peak:
- get stiffed with the continuance of the debt retirement charge
- get stiffed with the OESP [Ontario Electricity Support Program]
- get stiffed with the expansion of the class A program
I’m sure that’s confusing to many, but that "Businesses below 3 MW average monthly peak" class of customer did see the commodity rate it pays for electricity rise 25% from 2014′s second quarter to 2015′s, so I’m not surprised there’s some motivation to address the issues. However, the Chamber has more work to do in getting through the confusion.