Partner with Quebec to Lower Electricity Bills by up to $14 Billion

 (Queen’s Park): GPO leader Mike Schreiner is calling on the Liberal government to lower your electricity bill by signing a power deal with Quebec at today’s Climate Summit in Quebec City.
 
Ontario can save $700 million per year or $14 billion over 20 years by cancelling the Darlington Nuclear Rebuild and signing a power deal for existing Quebec water power instead. This could save the average household around $52 per year.
 
“The Liberals have a clear choice: raise your electricity bill to rebuild Darlington or lower your bill with water power from Quebec,” says Schreiner. “Will the government put you or the nuclear lobby first?”
 
No nuclear project in Ontario’s history has delivered on time or on budget. No private company will insure nuclear plants because the risks are too high. TD Bank CEO Ed Clark says Darlington “carries enormous risks.”
 
On November 21, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario and Quebec agreed to investigate “long-term opportunities to expand electricity trade” between the two provinces. The GPO is pushing the Ontario government to move from investigation to action.
 
“Buying lower cost water power from Quebec is a no brainer,” says Schreiner. “I don’t want the Liberals to leave your children a legacy of nuclear debt and waste when lower cost alternatives exist.”
 
According to Ontario Power Generation, electricity from re-building Darlington will cost at least 8.9 cents per kWh. This number could go up with historical cost overruns. Quebec is exporting power to the U.S. for 3 cents per kWh.
 
The Green Party is on a mission to bring honesty, integrity and good public policy to Queen’s Park.
 
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