The price of electricity and the charges surrounding the delivery of power continues to be a major crisis for many homes and businesses in the province, but now the Ontario Liberals want to hear from you to help delevope a long term energy plan for Ontario.
In a release Thursday, Ontario is seeking public input to help develop the province’s next Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) to maintain a reliable supply of clean, affordable electricity.
Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault visited Holy Cross Elementary School in Sudbury to launch consultations with a Grade 5 class of students, who recently wrote to the minister with questions about energy issues in Ontario.
Those who want to put in their two cents are encouraged to go to Ontario.ca/EnergyTalks
Share your ideas online starting on October 17;
or attend one of the in-person consultations across the province
Send in a written submission on the Environmental Registry
“Supporting a reliable supply of clean, affordable electricity is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.” the release said.
In reaction to Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault’s announcement that he would seek public input to develop the government’s next Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP), Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Senior Energy Analyst with Greenpeace Canada, said “This energy plan review should be an opportunity for the Wynne government to come clean on the true cost of nuclear power and ensure Ontarians can take advantage of the declining cost of renewable energy. More and more communities internationally are going 100% renewable to fight climate change, lower their energy bills and end their reliance on risky nuclear power. The future is renewable, and Ontario’s next energy plan should empower citizens and communities to take advantage of the declining cost of clean technologies.”
Meanwhile, closer to home, Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha will be meeting with Loggy Dinelle, owner of Dinelle’s Country Market in Echo Bay and Macdonald, Meredith & Aberdeen Mayor Lynn Watson to discuss the impact hydro rates and delivery charges are having on businesses in communities across Northern Ontario. The town hall type meeting will be held at Dinelle’s Country Market, Hwy 17B in Echo Bay on Saturday October 15th at 1:00 p.m.
If you recall, Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault was in Sault Ste. Marie last week to talk to community and business leaders about the government’s plan to cut the HST off electricity bills as of January 1st, however on the same day a new carbon tax will come into effect adding 4.3 cents a litre at the pumps and about $5 a month to home heating costs for natural gas, eliminating any savings to taxpayers from the cut off the HST on your power bills.