The billing system is one adopted for
It is designed to cover up significant increases
in hydro billing. The way it works is that the bill is divided into
sub parts. One part is for debt repayment which is only necessary due
to political interference in Ontario Hydro's attempts to increase charges in
the past. Secondly is the delivery charge which attempts to charge for
lines and poles bases on ones location and how much power is consumed.
Then finally there is the charge for the actual electricity consumed in
kilowatt-hours. This is the only part of the bill that makes sense.
Now let's not dismiss this hypocrisy out of hand because the politicians did
split up Ontario Hydro into generation and delivery companies such that the
generators are private and the delivery is public, now called Hydro One.
True that the revenue needs to split between the providers but there is no
need for this to be done for the consumer, except to muddy the waters.
So what's the problem?
When you attempt to reduce your consumption, the main incentive to do so being
cost, the debt repayment and the delivery charges remain high. Only
the Kwh charge is reduced significantly but since the Kwh is a minor part of
the bill for conservative users there is practically no incentive at all.
Just for example, one of my bills:
work in progress.
The Big Scam
This is the one that gets my goat.
A little lesson on voltage.
That's the pressure measurement . The higher the pressure the more
electricity flows in a wire. Of course if the pressure is too high
and/or the wire size is too small the wire overheats and it will melt.
We're not going to worry about that here.
What we are going to look at is how Hydro makes
automatic voltage adjustments to maintain the voltage at your house at close
to a specific value; About 126 volts. As the load changes up or down
the resistance to flow of the lines affect the pressure at your house.
To keep your voltage reasonably constant Hydro employs
changers on the distribution transformers. By changing the
voltage taps on the transformer the output voltage of the transformer is
corrected for changes in load. For example, at supper time the voltage
tap must be raised to compensate for the extra load of all the electric
stoves. A special voltage measuring relay is installed at the output
of the transformer to detect changes in voltage and move the tap changer as
required. The initial voltage setting of the relay is made by the
Protection and Control branch of the hydro company. The relay setting can be
manually adjusted up or down at any time.
Big deal you say, so what's the problem.
When I was a boy, some weeks ago, I'm 66 years old, the voltage was about110
volts. Over time the hydro company has been increasing the voltage in
small increments until now it is about 126 volts. Sooo?
Well firstly, the old appliances that were
designed to work at 110 volts will be overloaded because the pressure,
(voltage) is too high for them and forces to much electricity through them
causing them to overheat and burn out prematurely. Now this could
cause a fire and probably has on a many occasions but that's only the minor
part of the problem. Who cares if
a few humans get toasted. We've got lots more where they came from and
they're really fun to make.
What burns my craw is that by increasing the
voltage beyond what is needed, that extra pressure is translated into
increased flow through your hydro meter and appliances.
This means that you consume more
electricity than you actually need.
AND YOU PAY FOR IT TOO.
Yah, no need to bend over, it's too late.
What's more this extra electricity must be generated, and in order to do so
we currently must us coal fired generating stations to meet the demand.
If the relays were adjusted to put out only 115 volts
it would meet the requirements of all our appliances and lamps and would
eliminate a huge source of pollution. we could shut down the coal
fired stations. It would take about 1 day to do this. (I was one
of those Protection and Control guys.)
See below for the real hydro scam.