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Letter to the Editor, Toronto Star May 4, 2010, Re: Ontario Electricity Policy

May 5, 2010

The Editors,
The Toronto Star
1 Yonge St.
Toronto, Ontario

Dear Sir/Madam,

Re: "Where's the Power Plan" (Star editorial May 5, 2010),

Over the past two years four of the five core assumptions underlying the Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP) filed with the Ontario Energy Board by the Ontario Power Authority in August 2007 have been proven incorrect by intervening events (namely nuclear costs, the future direction of demand, the future of North Amercian natural gas supplies and costs, and the potential contributions of low-impact renewables). The fifth, the potential contribution energy conservation measures was deliberated low-balled by the Power Authority. Perhaps before we have a new electricity plan, we need a new and better planning process - one that builds real consensus around a path towards a more resilient, adaptable and sustainable electricity system for Ontario.

Yours sincerely,

Mark S. Winfield, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Coordinator Joint MES/JD Program
Faculty of Environmental Studies
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3