Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Complex hydro production issue must be solved in our province

Consumers in Ontario are shocked at home by electricity system

Why is province producing more power than it would ever need especially with smart conservation trends continuing?
By Mark Schadenberg
I’ve trained myself to have too many trains of thought, so I hope I’m not too far off track today, especially when it’s a day when Santa is in Woodstock on a train.
I remember as a child hearing about Pierre Trudeau’s philosophy on ‘wage and price’ controls. It all seems to make too much easy sense that if prices for consumable materials rise by 2%, wages must also rise by 2% or you’re falling behind.
When I was just 9 years old, the Trudeau Liberal government of 1975 introduced (see history link below) what was called The Anti-Inflation Act which was designed to control price increases in many sectors of the economy, and limit salary increases by 10% the first year and then 8% in year two and then 6% in year three.
It was strange times in the economy certainly.
Our strange times today revolve around supply and demand, and the production and availability of certain goods and services.

Just about every real estate market in southern Ontario lacks inventory and to further the scenario buyers far out number sellers by a wide margin. The folks of the GTA who desire home ownership have purchased in Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge. The house hunters in those 4 communities are now searching in Woodstock because they can no longer afford their hometown. The trickle-down appears to end in London as the commute to Toronto is too far when you arrive west of Woodstock.
I remember going on a school field trip with one of my children to a local apple orchard. It was quite late in the picking season and everyone was bundled on top of the tractor-and-wagon mode of transportation. I was startled and amazed – startled and amazed at the million or more apples which had fallen from the trees to rot. When this fruit was ripe, was there no one available to harvest them? Was there no market – store, produce market, pie conveyor belt, apple crumble recipe, or cider squeezer – to consumer these apples? It truly seemed like an astounding waste.
Just before Halloween this year I witnessed a similar comparison as I drove past 2 different pumpkin acreages to see thousands and thousands of orange gourds which appeared to never be finding a home (front porch with a carved snarl or pie contents) before becoming fertilizer.

 I’ve now reached my arrival point and won’t delve too far into the details because there is a terrific CBC prose attached to this entry below. Our hydro system creates way too much electricity, so our province sells off the access to neighbouring states and provinces at a price below what we pay to produce it. Ontario people lose because we are paying to produce a lot of this electricity (dollars delivered to power producers) and then we lose again when the surplus kilowatts are shipped away. Meantime, the buyers, who obviously need electricity are saving twice as they are not building systems to create power (coal is becoming obsolete obviously, but there is also nuclear, waterways, solar and wind). 

 Photo taken from Old Stage Road in Norwich Township

 Solar panel behind Woodstock District Community Complex

 Proposed Solar Project on Tecumseh Street in Woodstock

Consumers in Ontario are begged to conserve this precious resource called hydro, but this practice only creates more excess. This fact doesn’t even account for delivery charges.
Connections to the local economy are many – hydro creation on Gunn’s Hill Road area in Norwich Township and the production of blades by Siemens in Tillsonburg.
The scheme called macro economics is always more complex than can be solved in 1 run-on paragraph about plugs and outlets, but everyone in this province should read the 2 CBC stories below as the second link describes the coal conundrum.
Dutton / Elgin County Story
Mark Schadenberg, Sales Representative
Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES designation)
Royal LePage Triland Realty
Independently Owned & Operated, Brokerage
757 Dundas St, Woodstock
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