Premier Kathleen Wynne defended the billions of dollars in extra costs that Ontario electricity customers must fork out for the Liberal government’s green energy initiatives Thursday, saying there’s a cost for cleaner air.
Auditor general Bonnie Lysyk’s annual report said consumers are paying $9.2 billion more for 20-year wind and solar power contracts signed by the Liberals with private generators than they would have under the old procurement system.
The auditor also found Ontario pays 3 1/2 times the price for solar power than the average in the U.S., and twice as much for wind power.
“There’s a cost associated with getting out of coal, of putting more renewables in place, and we’ve got other jurisdictions looking to Ontario as a model for how to do that,” said Wynne. “I’m happy to defend the changes that we’ve made.”