"I've really come to respect the enormous complexity of the energy and electricity system in Ontario."
Ontario's rookie Minister of Energy, Glenn Thibeault, is now confident enough of his grasp of the province's energy system that he unveiled themes for an upcoming Long-Term Energy Plan in a speech to the Empire Club:
- Nature and style of procurement should be technology agnostic
- Ontario's electricity market renewal/reform to provide better value
- Empowerment of consumers
These are ambitious themes. Unfortunately Minister Thibeault didn't display an understanding of the institutional barriers to change, and he's going to need to confront the demons of the sector before meaningfully advancing any of these goals.
He seems to expect the barriers to deliver change.