Platt: When it comes to hydro, only some polls really matter to the Ontario government – Ottawa Citizen

Hey, remember the Hydro One sale? It’s kind of fallen off the radar these days with all the hubbub over electricity rates, but this was the incredibly controversial decision by Premier Kathleen Wynne to effectively privatize the province’s transmission utility, gradually selling 60 per cent of it. (For those of you … [Read more...]

PCs step up fight against government advertising in wake of hydro rate cut ads – Toronto Star

The Progressive Conservatives are stepping up the fight against the Wynne government’s radio ads about a promised 25 per cent cut to skyrocketing hydro rates this summer.Deputy PC Leader Sylvia Jones has introduced a private members’ bill that would restore Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s power to veto … [Read more...]

Hydro delay hits budget process – Winnipeg Free Press

Spring in Manitoba means many things. It means potholes and brown grass and (in Winnipeg at least) dusty mounds of the grey grit that was poured liberally over the city’s frozen roadways over the previous five months. TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES Manitoba Hydro Place Purchase Photo Print It also typically … [Read more...]

Five Hydro One executives shared $11 million in compensation – Toronto Star

The five-member executive team at Hydro One shared more than $11 million in compensation last year, a number the Progressive Conservatives are calling “astronomical.”But the utility points out that the executives cut costs by more than $25 million.The salary details were released in the partially privatized … [Read more...]

NDP plan would cut hydro bills by 30 per cent, says Andrea Horwath – Toronto Star

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is making a pitch for her party’s hydro plan, saying it’s the only solution that addresses Ontarians concerns while also cutting their bills by up to one-third.Her motion — to be debated at Queen’s Park on Tuesday — urges the government to return Hydro One back to public … [Read more...]

Medical staff at Hydro arena told they will be laid off – STV News

Arena: Staff were told their shifts would end. Neale Smith Medical staff at one of Scotland's busiest concert venues have been told they are now out of a job. More than 60 nurses and first aid staff employed by the SSE Hydro in Glasgow were informed their contracts will not be renewed this week. The firm which runs the … [Read more...]

Polling shows hydro was No. 1 concern in Ontario long before relief announced – CTV News

TORONTO -- Ontario's government learned from its own polling that the rising cost of hydro was people's top concern 10 months before the Liberals publicly acknowledged it and announced an eight-per-cent reduction on electricity bills. The government-commissioned polling from 2013 to 2016 -- examined by The Canadian Press -- … [Read more...]

UPM to sell German hydro facilities to erdgas schwaben gmbh – HydroWorld

UPM announced it has signed an agreement to sell its four hydro facilities in Schongau and Ettringen in Germany to erdgas schwaben gmbh. The parties have agreed to not disclose the purchase price, UPM says, and the sale and purchase agreement is still subject to third party approvals. The names of the plants were not disclosed. … [Read more...]

Sierra Club predicts costs of Site C hydro dam will balloon further – Times Colonist

A Sierra Club B.C. report released Monday argues that the Liberal provincial government is leaving taxpayers with a costly legacy of bad decisions, corporate subsidies, and failed LNG projects. The environmental group says that the $9-billion Site C dam — approved by the government without referring the issue of its need … [Read more...]

The Debate Over Norway’s Ability to Become a Hydro Battery for Europe Is Surprisingly Robust – Greentech Media

Norwegian academics have countered research by Dr. Björn Peters, reported in GTM, that claimed Norway’s pumped hydro capacity could not serve as a "European battery." “Norway can become a substantial part of Europe’s energy pack, given political will and action,” said Kaspar Vereide, adjunct … [Read more...]