Ontario’s expensive hydro system unreliable

From Premier Kathleen Wynne on down, whenever the Ontario Liberals talk about the high cost of electricity they have imposed on us, they boast about creating a “clean, modern and reliable” hydro system as a result.

Those words are constantly repeated in public statements and press releases by Wynne, present and past energy ministers, and other Liberals, along with boasting about eliminating Ontario’s use of coal-fired electricity in 2014.

Except that through its continuing minority ownership in Hydro One, the Wynne government is now back in the coal business, with the utility’s announcement last week it’s buying U.S. power company Avista Corp for $6.7 billion, part owner of a giant, U.S. coal-fired electricity plant in Montana.