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COVER STORY

Ontario Wasted Enough Clean Electricity
to Power 720,000 Homes in 2019

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n September 2020 OSPE released updated data on curtailed (wasted) energy, following its 2019 Retail Electricity Price Reform
Report, revealing that Ontario wasted a total of 6.5 terawatt-hours (TWh) of clean electricity in 2019 - an amount sufficient to
power 720,000 average-sized homes for one year.
These findings represent a 12 per cent increase in wasted electricity from 2018. This trend has remained consistent with data dating
back to 2015 and is anticipated to continue this year, with the prolonged impacts of COVID-19 expected to significantly increase the
amount of wasted clean electricity in 2020. The initial report, released by OSPE in April 2019, follows a detailed analysis of year-end
data issued by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG).

The Gap Between Production
and Demand
The data indicates that Ontario's electricity pricing system
is not structured to account for the low demand it has been
experiencing.
" Over the last six years, Ontario has curtailed 38.5 TWh of
clean electricity, " said Sandro Perruzza, CEO of OSPE. " This
system is too expensive and simply not sustainable, which is

why we are calling upon the provincial government and Ontario
Energy Board to explore reformed retail pricing plans for
consumers to subscribe to on a voluntary basis. "
" The province also continues to export even larger amounts of
surplus clean electricity to neighbouring jurisdictions at a lower
price than the total cost of production, " said Paul Acchione,
P.Eng., energy expert and former President and Chair of OSPE.
In addition to curtailment, surplus hydroelectric, wind, solar,
and nuclear generated electricity were also exported to adjoining

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