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Old 24-09-2016, 08:22   #106
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Re: Taxing Solar Energy

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Not quite this simple. One of the reasons for the excess power is that the Nuclear plants can't be throttled back. Another is that Ontario sold off some 51% of the power system to private companies. Isn't free enterprise wonderful? You forgot to mention that Toronto has not had a "smog" alert since 2015 (I believe) since they shut down the coal-fired plants (or converted them to natural gas). The savings in health care costs will be huge. That doesn't just benefit Toronto residents but the whole population of southern Ontario. Bring on the green revolution.
Nuclear can certainly be throttled back but the ongoing fuel costs to keep it running are negligible once the plant is built and operational.

Smog in Toronto is generally not related to power plants. Modern coal plants are simply too clean to have much impact, so don't go counting the health cost saving too quick.

Utilities have never been truly private. They have always been saddled with heavy regulation to ensure reliable power supply. More likely, the govt was subsidizing electric power before the sell off and you just didn't see it in your electric bill.

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Re: Taxing Solar Energy

So doing a little research it seems that Ontario produces 95% of its power consumption through nuclear (66%) and hydro (29%) with the reswt coming from various sources. As these 2 sources are the cheapest forms of electricity production it is strange that our electricity costs are so high.

You can access data on daily Ontario power production through this link

Funny the data only shows 20MW of production from all solar power sources when the NRC's study determined that there was over 1800 MW of generation capacity from all solar sources except net metering in Ontario alone. The Ontario Governments goal is to add approximately 50MW of generation capacity per year under their fitt and microfitt programs. Something strange going on here, where is all this solar capacity???? Maybe the production numbers do not reflect any solar from the fitt program.

As far as taxing my power generation under the net metering program. I will wait to include this as income until the government starts sending me T4's.

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