Tomorrow, City Council will ask Metrolinx, Crosslinx, and Toronto Hydro to clarify their plans for the gas plant at the Kodak lands: Will it be used only in emergencies, or also when electrical prices are high?
This is a very good question, and one Metrolinx should have answered some time ago. They said:
The gas-fired plant would probably only be used a “handful” of times a year as a back-up generator, according to Metrolinx.
It would have the capacity to run the entire Crosstown system to avoid peak demand times on the provincial power grid and save about 40 per cent on the price of electricity. It would also generate enough power to run the entire Crosstown system in a power outage, said a spokesman for the agency.
However, those two points don’t agree with each other. 40% price swings occur every day (even your residential energy prices double weekdays).
A final answer to this question will either galvanize or relieve Mount Denizens, many of whom have been opposed, quite reasonably, to a power plant in their community.