TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Society of Energy Professionals
responded to today's Auditor General of Ontario annual report by
reminding Ontario ratepayers that Ontario Power Generation is still the
lowest cost energy generator in Ontario.
"It is important that Ontarians not lose sight of the fact that OPG is
the lowest cost energy generator in Ontario," said Scott Travers,
president of The Society of Energy Professionals, which represents more
than 3,400 OPG employees. "While we are always open to improving the
effectiveness of Ontario Power Generation, without a doubt, Ontario
ratepayers are getting value for their money from OPG."
This claim is backed up by data as recent as November 2013. The numbers show that OPG was paid 43% less
than the average of all other power generators in Ontario for the power
it produced. The OPG price was 5.7 cents per kilowatt hour (KWh)
whereas the average of all other power generators in the province was
"The Society believes we can play a significant role in helping OPG to
provide even greater value for money," Travers continued. "To that end,
we will study the findings and recommendations of the Auditor General
and work with OPG and the government to address them. At the same time
we will safeguard the rights of the professionals we represent."
Transparency and accountability are key features of a publicly-owned
entity like OPG.
"As the only public power generator in Ontario, OPG has the benefit of
the Auditor General's oversight," noted Joe Fierro, Local Vice
President of The Society of Energy Professionals' OPG bargaining unit.
"This makes OPG a transparent and accountable generator. Today's report
"More importantly, it is the only generator whose rates are determined
in a public, transparent process with full ratepayer participation."
The Society of Energy Professionals represents 8,000 knowledge workers
and supervisors employed by 13 employers that are responsible for the
generation, transmission and regulation of energy in Ontario in both
the broader public and private sectors.
SOURCE: The Society of Energy Professionals
For further information:
Scott Travers, President, Society of Energy Professionals: (416) 729-8818, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler, Communications Officer, Society of Energy Professionals: (647) 500-2394, email@example.com