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Energy critic Peter Tabuns points to how the province sells off electricity
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You're paying $220 extra a year, because the Ontario government is giving away electricity to other areas.

That's according to the province's NDP, who reveal Ontario is selling off power to places like Michigan, New York, Minnesota and Quebec for less than what it costs to produce.

NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns maintains the province was giving away power while hundreds of thousands of people in Southern Ontario were sitting in the dark over the holidays because of ice storm-related black outs.

He says the energy system is broken.

Tabuns points to numbers released by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which show Ontario has been selling off electricity for 2.65 cents/KWh. It costs four times as much - 8.55 cents/KWh - to produce.

He says Ontario ratepayers subsidized electricity exports by over $1 billion in 2013.

Tabuns underlines Ontario should be focused on delivering electricity to Ontario businesses and families, not selling it off for wholesale prices.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was defensive about the NDP's claims. She says when the Liberals came into office in 2003 the electricity system was in shambles.

In a statement,  the province says exporting energy actually saved ratepayers $300 million dollars.

Progressive Conservative energy critic Lisa MacLeod doesn't buy it. She says the province should negotiate with other jurisdictions to get more money for surplus energy.

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You're paying $220 extra a year, because the Ontario government is giving away electricity to other areas.

That's according to the province's NDP, who reveal Ontario is selling off power to places like Michigan, New York, Minnesota and Quebec for less than what it costs to produce.

NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns maintains the province was giving away power while hundreds of thousands of people in Southern Ontario were sitting in the dark over the holidays because of ice storm-related black outs.

He says the energy system is broken.

Tabuns points to numbers released by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which show Ontario has been selling off electricity for 2.65 cents/KWh. It costs four times as much - 8.55 cents/KWh - to produce.

He says Ontario ratepayers subsidized electricity exports by over $1 billion in 2013.

Tabuns underlines Ontario should be focused on delivering electricity to Ontario businesses and families, not selling it off for wholesale prices.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was defensive about the NDP's claims. She says when the Liberals came into office in 2003 the electricity system was in shambles.

In a statement,  the province says exporting energy actually saved ratepayers $300 million dollars.

Progressive Conservative energy critic Lisa MacLeod doesn't buy it. She says the province should negotiate with other jurisdictions to get more money for surplus energy.

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