Liberals fail to deliver on energy conservation promises

June 5, 2012

QUEEN’S PARK — The Liberal government would rather drive up energy costs with its failed renewable energy program than deliver on its promise to improve energy conservation in Ontario, Environment Critic and Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.

The Environment Commissioner presented yet another report outlining Liberal failure and incompetence on the environment.

In the first volume of his Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, Gord Miller pointed out that the McGuinty Liberals’ conservation promises in the Green Energy Act “remain unfulfilled” and are possibly years away from completion.

“The Liberal government has been so focused on their green energy social experiments that they’ve completely forgotten about their commitment to improve energy conservation,” Harris said.

“Ontarians are doing their part to conserve energy each and every day, but their bills keep rising as a result of the Liberals’ decision to implement its smart meter system, charge HST on home-heating bills and pay outrageous subsidies to develop wind and solar power,” Harris said.

PC Energy Critic and Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli said the Commissioner’s report clearly shows the McGuinty Liberals mismanaged energy conservation in the province.

“Today’s report confirms the Ministry of Energy is lost in the wilderness when it comes to making and then achieving conservation targets that are unrealistic,” said Fedeli. “The Commissioner rightly chastises the government for its bungled long-term planning for Ontario’s energy sector and points out several key assumptions they’re relying on now appear inaccurate.

“The Commissioner also takes issue with the lack of public input into that planning, which continues a pattern that is now a hallmark of this government.”