Time of Use Power backwards?

Time of Use Power. It’s what Premier McGuinty has been preaching, and implimenting with the smart meters that are being installed here in Ontario. Once everyone has a smart meter, McGuinty (if still Premier) will get to throw the switch and we all start paying for hydro based on blocks of time throughout the day.

This is the chart from Ontario Hydro showing how Time of Use will work:

From To Summer Rate Winter Rate Comparison of Time-of-Use Rates
7:00 AM 8:00 AM mid-peak rate
8.9 cents/kWh
on-peak rate
10.7 cents/kWh
8:00 AM 9:00 AM
9:00 AM 10:00 AM
10:00 AM 11:00 AM
11:00 AM 12:00 PM on-peak rate
10.7 cents/kWh
mid-peak rate
8.9 cents/kWh
12:00 PM 1:00 PM
1:00 PM 2:00 PM
2:00 PM 3:00 PM
3:00 PM 4:00 PM
4:00 PM 5:00 PM
5:00 PM 6:00 PM mid-peak rate
8.9 cents/kWh
on-peak rate
10.7 cents/kWh

Off peak rates are charged on weekends and holidays. The rates shown to the left apply Monday to Friday.

6:00 PM 7:00 PM
7:00 PM 8:00 PM off-peak rate
5.9 cents/kWh
off-peak rate
5.9 cents/kWh
8:00 PM 9:00 PM
9:00 PM 10:00 PM
10:00 PM 11:00 PM Based on a small sample of 27 households, we calculate that, on average, time-of-use consumption typically breaks down as follows:
11:00 PM Midnight
Midnight 1:00 AM
1:00 AM 2:00 AM Off-peak: 55.2%
Mid-peak: 17.2%
On-peak: 27.2%
2:00 AM 3:00 AM
3:00 AM 4:00 AM
4:00 AM 5:00 AM This results in a blended rate of
7.74 cents/kWh.
5:00 AM 6:00 AM
6:00 AM 7:00 AM

Now lets add in another leg of this Trifecta of Energy Crap from Dalton McGuinty called… Solar Power.

From Wikipedia:

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photoelectric effect.

Solar Power works when there is sunlight. Seems pretty basic. Premier McGuinty is hell-bent on putting Ontario on the map as the Solar Power Capital of the WORLD… So why would you charge peak rates for Time of Use consumption during the day, when there will be more power generated during the day? After all, Solar requires Sunlight to work. AS I look out my window writing this blog posting at 9pm Eastern Daylight Time, I don’t see the sun.

This makes no sense what so ever. Ontario will have more power generated during the day, than at night, but we charge more during the day, when people are not home. This seems to be the opposite of a good business case or good Return On Investment.

Not that I am advocating to charge people more at night, but from purely a business perspective, it makes sense to charge more when demand is higher and production is lower. That is what happens with Oil and Gas production.

What is clear is that the plan has not been thought out. For that reason, Ontarians are the ones that will have to pay.