Contributed by Robert Lyman @ 2016
The final numbers for 2015 are now in and it’s official. Last year, Ontario exported 22.6 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity to New York, Michigan and other U.S. states. For that, the province charged an average of $23.60 per megawatt hour (MWh), so it received about $534 million. This is the “profit” that Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli will proudly announce.
There is only one problem – a big one. To produce that exported electricity cost the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) an average of $101.40 per MWh, for a total cost of $2,293 million. The loss on export sales was therefore $1.759 billion.
The good news is that the losses did not hit the $2 billion that was projected early in 2015. The bad news is that this is Ontario’s all-time highest loss on exports sales, not even taking account of the money paid out to curtail production so that exports, and the associated losses, would not be higher still. The further bad news is that this cost the average Ontario ratepayer $223 last year on his or her electricity bill. The worse news is that the never-ending addition of more wind and solar generation in 2016, despite the current surplus, will mean even higher losses for 2016.
So happy new year, New York. Ontario just gave you its very own Powerball jackpot, compliments of Kathleen Wynne.