Hydro export costing Ontario customers: NDP

NDP MPP Peter Tabuns at Queen's Park. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency Files)

NDP MPP Peter Tabuns at Queen's Park. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency Files)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

TORONTO -- Ontario hydro customers each paid hundreds of dollars last year to export electricity at a loss to other jurisdictions, NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns says.

The NDP estimate that exported excess electricity cost ratepayers just over $1 billion or about $220 for each customer.

"We've done the math," Tabuns said Monday. "We found that last year Ontario subsidized power to people in the United States and Quebec and Manitoba to the tune of over $1 billion. That's the equivalent of cancelling two gas plants."

Ontario usually sells its electricity for about three cents per kilowatt-hour, but pays the generator of that power about eight cents per kilowatt-hour, he said.

"You tell me how that's a profit," Tabuns said.

Beckie Codd-Downey, a spokesman for Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli, countered exports reduced costs for hydro customers by $300 million in 2013.


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