Environmental Commissioner of Ontario: Promoting Electricity Pricing Literacy (Part 1 of 3)

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

A February 22nd blog post made by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario adds perspective to prices that are paid for electricity generated from renewable resources. Electricity is soon going to hit the headlines again. And before it does, let’s pause, think and decide that this time, we are going to discuss this important public policy properly. The government is poised to reset the province’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT), the schedule of prices that are paid for electricity generated from renewable resources. Based on the consultation, it seems prices may well be lowered, at least for technologies like solar power where equipment costs have declined.  Before the bloggers, tweeters and editorial writers gear up to comment in high dudgeon, I’d like to suggest that we also reset the communications approach, and agree to promote a literacy on power prices that provides a more balanced analysis without selective presentation of the facts.  To start the effort, I am posting a three-part blog that explores this issue in more detail and suggests how we might give consumers better and more accurate information about electricity prices. …continue reading here