In her annual report, auditor general Bonnie Lysyk concluded that Ontario’s ratepayers forked out $37 billion more than necessary between 2006 and 2014 largely due to overpriced green energy, poor government planning, and unreliable service from Hydro One. Ratepayers will also spend an additional $133 billion by 2032 due to global adjustment. This discussion will explore the future of energy in Ontario, the benefits and costs of green energy, the role of nuclear energy, how to improve government oversight, and possible changes that can be brought about to reduce negative impacts on ratepayers in the future.
Richard Carlson is a Senior Energy Policy Associate at Mowat Energy. Since joining Mowat in 2013, Richard has worked on a number of energy issues, including on electricity and natural gas in Ontario and pipeline development in Canada. Richard worked in the UK advising investors and governments on energy and environmental policies and investments before joining Mowat. He has also published works on energy politics and policies in Canada, Europe, Turkey and Central Asia, and is co-editor of a book on social and political developments in post-independence Central Asia.
Benjamin Dachis is Associate Director, Research at the C.D. Howe Institute. He started with the C.D. Howe Institute in 2006 as a Research Fellow and also has experience with a major U.S. think tank. He returned to the C.D. Howe Institute as a Policy Analyst in January of 2008, and became a Senior Policy Analyst in 2011 and Associate Director, Research in 2016.He was a member of the 2012 and 2013 Insight Grants Economics Committee for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
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