Réponse à « Mad about your Hydro Bill? Blame Nuclear and Gas Plants »

April 23, 2013

Texte de John Spears, Toronto Star
19 avril 2013

April 23, 2013

Toronto Star
1 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5E 1E6

Dear Editor,

Your story (Mad about your hydro bill? Blame nuclear and gas plants – April 19th) seriously distorts some of the facts about the Global Adjustment to Ontario electricity bills.

It would be more accurate to point out that a megawatt of wind-generated electricity received a Global Adjustment of $74 in 2011, according to the Ontario Power Authority. A megawatt of nuclear-generated electricity received a Global Adjustment of $26. In other words, electricity generated by wind power received a Global Adjustment nearly three times the adjustment for nuclear.

It is true that nuclear received a larger share of the Global Adjustment in 2011 than did wind. That’s because nuclear provided 56.4% of Ontario’s electricity last year while wind provided just 3%.

Yours sincerely,

Heather Kleb

P.S. The attached table may prove helpful.

Global Adjustment: Comparison by Energy Source, 2011
Electricity source Global adjustment per MW ($) Energy production (TWh) Share of electrical supply (%)
Wind 74 5 3
Hydro 62 34 22
Gas 54 22 15
Nuclear 26 85 57
Other (incl. coal) N/A 5 3


Sources:  Column 2 — Amir Shalaby, VP Power System Planning, Ontario Power Authority, Presentation to the Association of Power Producers of Ontario 2012 Conference, Nov. 6, 2012 (Slide 17); Columns 3 and 4 — Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator Releases 2012 Electricity Production, Consumption and Price Data, Independent Electricity System Operator, Jan. 11, 2013, retrieved April 22, 2013.

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