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Auditor General’s Special Report on the Mississauga Power Plant Cancellation Costs – April 2013

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Auditor General's Special Report on the Mississauga Power Plant Cancellation Costs - April 2013

Upon taking office in 2003, the Liberal government faced some challenges with respect to Ontario’s future electricity needs. At the time, the province had about 30,000 megawatts (MWs) of “installed capacity” (that is, it could produce up to 30,000 MW at full capacity) from the following five sources:
•  nuclear (10,061 MW);
•  renewables—hydroelectric (7,880 MW);
•  coal (7,546 MW);
•  gas (4,364 MW); and
•  renewables—wind, solar, bioenergy (155 MW).
Coal-fired power, which was about one-quarter of total installed capacity, was produced by five plants that were aging and polluting the air. The government therefore planned to phase out coal-fired generation altogether, originally by 2007, but later moved to 2014. This, along with an expected increase in the demand for electricity, meant there would be a supply shortfall. The first of several pro-cesses for procuring more power involved a request for proposals (RFP) issued by  ... Download to Read More

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