Ontario’s high electricity bills due to nuclear costs, not renewables

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money-lobbyingMad about your hydro bill? Blame nuclear and gas plants flag-canadahttp://www.thestar.com/business/personal_finance/2013/04/18/mad_about_your_hydro_bill_blame_nuclear_and_gas_plants.html

Payments to nuclear and gas-fired generators are the main ingredients in the largest component on Ontario hydro bills By: John Spears Business reporter,  Apr 18 2013 Payments to nuclear and gas-fired generating plants — not to renewable energy suppliers — are the main ingredients in the biggest component of your hydro bill.

That’s the conclusion of a study done for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which runs Ontario’s power market.

Renewable power has frequently been the whipping boy for hydro price increases, because of the highly visible prices it commands. It’s also a political flashpoint: the provincial Progressive Conservatives have presented a bill in the Legislature that would gut the renewable energy policies adopted by the Liberals.

But a study by Navigant Consulting Ltd. shows that payments to nuclear and gas-fired generators are responsible for two-thirds of…

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