OPINION: You call this ‘independent’?

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Special to Toronto Sun

Hydro One box that provides wireless link between smart meter and the power grid. (Ian Cranstone/Postmedia) Ian Cranstone, PostmediaIan Cranstone / Postmedia

BY JIM McPHERSON, SPECIAL TO THE SUN

To many Ontarians, the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is clearly not truly “independent.”

Not when its political masters won’t allow it to make electricity more affordable for Ontario ratepayers.

Rather than serving the citizens of Ontario, the IESO appears to be serving the political interests of Ontario’s Liberal government and multinational corporations.

Consider these controversies:

The IESO’s “Demand Response” program needlessly forked over $100 million to a small group of large energy consumers, as reported in the Financial Post on Aug. 15.

The IESO’s lack of oversight allowed a Japan-funded private gas plant in Brampton to inappropriately bill Ontario’s electricity system for another $100 million, according to the Ontario Energy Board, as reported by CBC News…

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