The Globe and Mail suggests that, with Ontario’s aging transmission grid, we can expect more blackouts like the four-hour outage in Toronto on Monday. Ontario’s Energy Minister, however, seems unconcerned:

Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said it would be difficult for the government to invest more aggressively in upgrading the transmission system because consumers are already facing higher power prices from investments the province is making in new sources of electricity generation.

That the McGuinty government would put the construction of expensive, renewable energy projects ahead of reliability is perhaps not surprising. With temperatures today again heading up  to near-record levels, Ontario’s total installed wind capacity of 1,100 MW is presently churning out a total of 11 MW. The reliability of our electricity supply is obviously of secondary importance.

If reliability is what you want, maybe it’s time to buy your own generator.

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