A rational framework for electricity policy
by Jan Carr, PhD, P.Eng.
Ontario needs to return to rational decision-making when it comes to ensuring that current strategies meet future power generation
needs. Current policies, such as the promotion of wind power, reflect public concerns about global warming at the expense of
securing a stable and economic energy future. If such publicly popular but economically unsound policies continue, the province’s
prosperity will be seriously jeopardized. In this provocative paper, one of the world’s leading experts on electricity generation traces the history of electrical utilities in
Ontario and why their continued existence is essential to providing power cheaply and efficiently. In fact, he urges continued promotion of utilities as the best way to ensure that Ontario’s carbon
footprint is reduced while maintaining its economic well-being.