Ontario Energy Policy
Ontario needs a serious review of its current energy policy and long term energy plan. In 2014 and 2015 Ontario curtailed (dumped) almost 5 TWh of zero emission electricity. That's enough energy to power almost 500,000 homes for a year. Ontario also exported 18.5 TWh of electricity at prices much lower than Ontario consumers were paying. Ontario's current energy policy is causing its electricity rates to rise much faster than general inflation rates and placing Ontario businesses who compete in the NAFTA market at a competitive disadvantage. Our current conservation programs are making the curtailment (waste) worse because the conservation programs are not targeting only the peak demand that uses greenhouse gas emitting natural gas fired generation.
Underemployment of College and University Graduates
Ontario needs a serious review of its industrial and economic development policies. The 2011 National Household Survey shows that the Ontario economy does not create enough jobs for its youth that are graduating out of college and university. Even engineering graduates are experiencing high levels of underemployment (working in jobs that do not require any university degree).
We can do much better on both files !
Paul N. Acchione, M. Eng., P. Eng., FCAE