Power At What Cost?

Year Published:  1986  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX3180

Abstract:  POWER AT WHAT COST? examines "Why Ontario Hydro is Out of Control." Drawing mainly on official Hydro statistics and reports, Solomon paints a picture of a monster bureaucracy so locked into its way of doing things (and thus perpetuating itself) that is has lost its grasp on what is sensible and effecient.

Solomon argues the Hydro is so large that it is out of anyone's control, resulting in an enormous and growing debt for which Ontario taxpayers are responsible. He argues that the solution is to break up Hydro's monopoly, leaving only the transmission function with Ontario Hydro. He would like to see a separate subsidiary responsible for nuclear power, and would divide the remainder of Ontario Hydro's generation facilities among the municipal public utilities.

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