The truth about Ontario’s electricity rates and solar energy

March 3, 2018

It seems that with every passing week the topic of raising Ontario’s electricity rates is written in the local news and discussed in coffee shop conversations around the province. And for whatever reason, many people seem to blame renewable energy for those raising electricity rates. But let’s look at the facts.

In a recent Ontario-based study, electricity from solar technology was responsible for only 5 percent of the average residential electricity bill in 2016. The study determined that the single largest share of the average residential electricity bill came for delivery charges (i.e. the transmission and distribution power lines that move electricity generated in one location to your home) while nuclear, HST, and natural gas make up the next largest components.  

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