This is particularly acute in rural and near rural properties, where the cost of electricity is twice or three times of that found in major cities in Ontario.
Residential electricity costs will continue to increase over the next 3 years and beyond, despite the provincial government's recent decision to reduce electricity costs by up to 25% according to the Ontario Auditor General's 2016 Report.
The Fraser Institute states in their July 2017 Evaluating Electricity Price Growth in Ontario Report:
Green energy technology and green energy products and services from Green Energy Ontario could cut your electricity bill by more than 50% a year!
Climate change is the major cause of extreme weather events we are experiencing across Ontario, having a negative impact on the electricity grid, leading to increased power outages.
Ontario's electricity grid is also aging, with regular and frequent breakdowns, also leading to more power outages, for longer periods of time.