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Available Expert - Ontario NDP proposes elimination of time-of-use hydro pricing

Monday, February 27, 2017

Queen's University energy policy expert Warren Mabee is available to comment on proposals issued today by the Ontario NDP. The party calls for the elimination of mandatory time-of-use pricing - arguing the move has not decreased power consumption during peak hours by as much as intended. Other proposals include measures to reduce delivery charges for rural customers and for the Government of Ontario to buy back the shares sold in Hydro One - at a projected cost of  between $3.3 billion and $4.1 billion.

"The NDP’s new power policy could be called ‘Back to the Future’ – eliminating tools such as time of use that are currently underperforming, and buying back Hydro One," says Dr. Mabee. "Rapid declines in price for renewables and escalating challenges for nuclear power means that the grid of tomorrow will continue to evolve, however; a new government must look forward and not backwards."

Dr. Mabee is the Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation and the director of the Queen's Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy (QIEEP). His research focus includes renewable energy policy as well as policies and technologies related to the environment and energy,

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