Gas plant cancellation cost taxpayers $2 a year: OPA

Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. (MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun)

Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. (MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun)

Don Peat, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:46 PM ET

The cancellation of a signed contract to build a gas plant in Oakville will cost hydro customers up to $2 a year, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) says. “It’s less than a cup of Tim Hortons coffee a year,” Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said Thursday. The $2 figure was greeted with skepticism by Progressive Conservative energy critic Lisa MacLeod, who is tabling a motion that would force the Liberals to release all documents related to the impact on hydro bills of cancelling gas plants in Mississauga and Oakville. The OPA, Chiarelli and Premier Kathleen Wynne also told Ontarians that cancelling the Oakville plant would cost $40 million, a figure that the auditor later pegged closer to $815 million, MacLeod said.

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