High Ontario hydro rates targeted in Hamilton protest Sept. 28

News Sep 09, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

A Mountain resident is harnessing the power of the people to show politicians they are fed up with being shocked when they open their electricity bills.

Sarah Warry-Poljanski has planned a protest in front of Hamilton city hall on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m.

“Residents of Hamilton and all across Ontario have reached a breaking point,” says Sarah Warry-Poljanski.

“We can no longer afford to pay these high costs for energy, especially when it's being conserved and sold off to others at a fraction of what we pay.”

Power prices in Ontario have tripled since the Liberals took power in 2003. The Liberals said there was a need to upgrade the energy infrastructure in the province; they promised to close coal-burning power plants to reduce pollution and replace their reliable power production in part with wind and solar generation. The latter two are renewable, but not reliable and producers are being paid a premium to generate it.

Last December, Ontario auditor-general Bonnie Lysyk reported ratepayers spent $37 billion more than necessary on electricity from 2006 to 2014.

Last May, in response to energy conservation efforts and a mild winter, the Ontario Energy Board hiked hydro rates to make up a revenue shortfall. At the same time, surplus Ontario-generated electricity has been sold off to neighbouring provinces and states at a loss.

“We can no longer afford to pay these high costs for energy, especially when it's being conserved and sold off to others at a fraction of what we pay,” says Sarah Warry-Poljanski.

“We continue to make hydro payments that are equal to a mortgage, all while we lose jobs as companies leave the province due to the energy cost, and then we are also faced with the prices of everyday goods and services rising because of it as well.”

On Wednesday, Premier Kathleen Wynne said she would prorogue parliament in advance of a Throne Speech Monday that would address high hydro rates.

High Ontario hydro rates targeted in Hamilton protest Sept. 28

'Residents of Hamilton and across Ontario have reached breaking point,' says Sarah Warry-Poljanski

News Sep 09, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

A Mountain resident is harnessing the power of the people to show politicians they are fed up with being shocked when they open their electricity bills.

Sarah Warry-Poljanski has planned a protest in front of Hamilton city hall on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m.

“Residents of Hamilton and all across Ontario have reached a breaking point,” says Sarah Warry-Poljanski.

“We can no longer afford to pay these high costs for energy, especially when it's being conserved and sold off to others at a fraction of what we pay.”

Power prices in Ontario have tripled since the Liberals took power in 2003. The Liberals said there was a need to upgrade the energy infrastructure in the province; they promised to close coal-burning power plants to reduce pollution and replace their reliable power production in part with wind and solar generation. The latter two are renewable, but not reliable and producers are being paid a premium to generate it.

Last December, Ontario auditor-general Bonnie Lysyk reported ratepayers spent $37 billion more than necessary on electricity from 2006 to 2014.

Last May, in response to energy conservation efforts and a mild winter, the Ontario Energy Board hiked hydro rates to make up a revenue shortfall. At the same time, surplus Ontario-generated electricity has been sold off to neighbouring provinces and states at a loss.

“We can no longer afford to pay these high costs for energy, especially when it's being conserved and sold off to others at a fraction of what we pay,” says Sarah Warry-Poljanski.

“We continue to make hydro payments that are equal to a mortgage, all while we lose jobs as companies leave the province due to the energy cost, and then we are also faced with the prices of everyday goods and services rising because of it as well.”

On Wednesday, Premier Kathleen Wynne said she would prorogue parliament in advance of a Throne Speech Monday that would address high hydro rates.

High Ontario hydro rates targeted in Hamilton protest Sept. 28

'Residents of Hamilton and across Ontario have reached breaking point,' says Sarah Warry-Poljanski

News Sep 09, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

A Mountain resident is harnessing the power of the people to show politicians they are fed up with being shocked when they open their electricity bills.

Sarah Warry-Poljanski has planned a protest in front of Hamilton city hall on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m.

“Residents of Hamilton and all across Ontario have reached a breaking point,” says Sarah Warry-Poljanski.

“We can no longer afford to pay these high costs for energy, especially when it's being conserved and sold off to others at a fraction of what we pay.”

Power prices in Ontario have tripled since the Liberals took power in 2003. The Liberals said there was a need to upgrade the energy infrastructure in the province; they promised to close coal-burning power plants to reduce pollution and replace their reliable power production in part with wind and solar generation. The latter two are renewable, but not reliable and producers are being paid a premium to generate it.

Last December, Ontario auditor-general Bonnie Lysyk reported ratepayers spent $37 billion more than necessary on electricity from 2006 to 2014.

Last May, in response to energy conservation efforts and a mild winter, the Ontario Energy Board hiked hydro rates to make up a revenue shortfall. At the same time, surplus Ontario-generated electricity has been sold off to neighbouring provinces and states at a loss.

“We can no longer afford to pay these high costs for energy, especially when it's being conserved and sold off to others at a fraction of what we pay,” says Sarah Warry-Poljanski.

“We continue to make hydro payments that are equal to a mortgage, all while we lose jobs as companies leave the province due to the energy cost, and then we are also faced with the prices of everyday goods and services rising because of it as well.”

On Wednesday, Premier Kathleen Wynne said she would prorogue parliament in advance of a Throne Speech Monday that would address high hydro rates.