Ontario Energy Scam And The Enron Connection


Attention: If you are a consumer of electricity you are unwittingly involved in a massive fraud!

The Sales Pitch

Hydro bills “may” drop 20%
Deregulation, amalgamation

(“may” definition – shall, must —used in law where the sense, purpose, or policy requires this interpretation)

Toronto Sun – Thursday, June 11, 1998
By James Wallace, Queen’s Park Bureau

Toronto consumers should be the first to benefit from plans to deregulate Ontario Hydro, Energy Minister Jim Wilson said yesterday.

The amalgamation of Toronto’s six local utilities and plans to end Ontario Hydro’s 92-year monopoly should substantially cut power bills in the city, he said.

Toronto Hydro has estimated bills could drop as much as 20%.

The Fraud

Jim Wilson was the Minister of Energy in the Mike Harris PC government and was a central figure in the electrical system scam in Ontario

Mr. Wilson and the Harris government  worked closely with Ken Lay and other Enron lobbyists to build an electrical system designed to hurt consumers and businesses.

The electrical scam in Ont. started with the Bob Rae NDP government when Maurice Strong, Rae’s god-father, broke up Ontario Hydro. The electricity scam continued through the Harris and McGuinty Governments. Today Premier Kathleen Wynne and the liberal party administer the Enron styled electrical rate manipulation scam. The OEB and the government use the frauds/deceptions of conservation and sustainable development “Agenda 21”  as an excuse for the rate increases and as a front for the crimes being committed on the hard-working people of Ontario.

Aleck Dadson a former Enron lobbyist is  COO at the OEB. The OEB sets the ever-increasing electricity rates you pay.

A letter from Ken Lay of Enron to energy minister Wilson in 2001.

The Honorable Jim Wilson                                                                                July 5, 2001

Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology

Hearst Block, 4th Floor,

900 Bay Street

Toronto, ON M7A 2E1

Dear Minister Wilson,

John Lavorato and I would like to thank you, as well as Bryne Purchase, Judy Hubert and Rick Jennings, for taking the time to meet with us in Toronto on June 19. I was pleased to meet you again after your brief visit to Houston and to the Enron building last year.

John and I particularly appreciated the discussion with you and your colleagues about the opening of the Ontario electricity market. In our view, Ontario is well down the path towards creating an effective de-regulated electricity market. We would encourage the Government to move forward to market opening in accordance with the Market Readiness Plan adopted earlier this year by the Ontario Energy Board and the Independent Electricity Market Operator.

We understand that the Government has set a deadline of May 2002 for opening the market. From Enron’s perspective, we remain confident that the market can and should open earlier than that date. Establishing and adhering to an early market opening date will, in our view, assist the Government in ensuring a smooth and successful transition to the new competitive environment. As we discussed in our meeting, the Texas restructuring plan highlights the importance of a fixed date in attracting investment capital to the electricity sector.

My colleagues and I look forward to continuing our dialogue with the Government and, in particular with your Ministry, regarding electricity restructuring and related issues. Again, thank you for the opportunity to meet with you and your colleagues.

Yours sincerely,

Kenneth Lay

Chairman

Enron Corp.

cc: Bryne Purchase

Deputy Minister

Judy Hubert

Assistant Deputy Minister

A revealing email by Aleck Dadson formally of Enron, Vice president of Energy Direct and now COO of the OEB-

From: aleck.dadson@enron.com
To: richard.shapiro@enron.com
Subject: Ken Lay/John Lavorato Briefing Material
Cc:
Bcc:
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 05:50:00 -0700 (PDT)
FYI
—– Forwarded by AleckDadson/TOR/ECT on 06/07/2001 01:00 PM —–Aleck Dadson
06/07/2001 12:48 PMTo: Paul Devries/TOR/ECT@ECT
cc:
Subject: Ken Lay/JohnLavorato Briefing MaterialI have attached the following: a) a high level outline of the speaking
points for Ken Lay and John Lavorato for their meetings with Premier Harris
and, I hope, Wilson, Purchase and Hubert; and b) a more detailed briefing
note which outlines: i) key developments since April 4 , ii) our position
re market opening and the key issues that have been raised against opening
the market this Fall, iii) differences between California and Ontario; and
iv) Enron’s assessment of the possible difficulties in NYC this Summer. I am
awaiting material from Houston to complete the piece on
NYC. One piece that I think needs to be added to the
detailed briefing note is an overview of Enron’s current commercial position
in Ontario – i.e. the renegotiation of the BE contract and the likelihood of
pursuing a retail initiative. You will see where I have left space for that
piece, hoping that you could draft it. I have endeavoured
in the outline of the speaking points to focus on what we know the key
issues/concerns for the government are at this stage. I
have asked Sasha Jacob to provide us with profiles of Harris, Wilson,
Purchase and Hubert to include in the final briefing package.
I have prepared the material on the assumption that the best use of
the meeting time (likely 45 minutes with Harris and 60 minutes with Wilson et
al) is: a) to make the case for proceeding with market opening this Fall
if thhttps://canadiantruths.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/jim-wilson-is-new-interm-leader-of-ontario-pc-party/e IMO and OEB reports re market readiness are positive; b) to provide
Harris et al with our perspective on developments in the U.S. (particularly
New York and California) about which the government may have continuing
concerns; and c) to ask Harris what we can do to help the gov’t move forward
to a market opening this year. Rick Shapiro left
me a voice mail indicating that Lavorato and he had spoken about the visit
and the supporting material. The agreement between the two of them is
evidently that Rob, you and I are all to be comfortable with the briefing
material before sending it to John, who will then review it and propose any
changes he feels are necessary before it is forwarded to Ken
Lay. I would appreciate your questions,
comments and suggested revisions.
D.A.D.

PROPOSED AGENDA

Ontario Market Opening Conference Call

April 12, 2001
(Toronto – 10:00 a.m., Houston – 9:00 a.m.)

1. Where we are re: market opening

2. What we have done/What we are doing

3. What to do going forward
Ontario Market Opening Initiatives

Regulatory Initiatives

• Ongoing participation on OEB Retail Market Readiness Taskforce that defined market readiness plan in retail sector; that Plan targets retail readiness by early September 2001 and “live market operations” late October/early November 2001

• Broad representation and participation on the committees/taskforces that are overseeing the testing/commissioning of the IMO systems

• Ongoing contact with OEB, IMO and PricewaterhouseCoopers (key advisors to government on retail market readiness)
Media

• Have built relationships with key newspapers, in particular Globe & Mail and National Post

• Virtually all supportive editorial coverage on market opening issue has been the result of our efforts (columns by Reguly in Globe & Mail and Corcoran in National Post)

• Corcoran is writing another article on market opening for April 17 (Corcoran interviewed Ken Lay on April 4th)

• Ken Lay on ROB TV (April 4)

• Ken Lay speech broadcast on Rogers Cable and C-PAC

• Mac Penney (GPC) appears (with message) on CBC and TV Ontario re: market opening (latest is April 12) (est. reach 280,000 Ontario households on each occasion)
Queen’s Park Contact/Lobbying

• Numerous meetings with key ministry and political staff contacts in Premier’s Office, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Finance, Ontario Superbuild, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, and Ministry of the Environment (see contact list)

• Core messaging has been on the points made in Ken Lay’s speech

• Developed further message re: resource adequacy and pricing to address concerns raised by major power consumers about Fall opening (have met re: same with Premier’s Office, Ministry of Energy, the IMO, and Superbuild – further meetings already arranged for Premier’s Office and Finance)

• Developing further message re: pricing, comparing what bulk power rates would have to be under regulation and what wholesale prices would be under competition (have retained Seabron Adamson/Kevin Wellenius to do analysis)
Events

• Arranged for Toronto Board of Trade to adopt our messaging re: market opening in Fall and got them to hold press conference (March 15)

• Ken Lay speech at Board of Trade (April 4)

• Ken Lay lunch to introduce and press message re: market opening to three of Premier Harris’ key advisors on electricity issue – Bill Farlinger, Jim Baillie and David Lindsey

• Board of Trade events above dove tailed well with parallel “on message” event by Toronto Hydro (March 23)

Going Forward

• Lay meeting with Premier Harris – have been promised proposed dates from Premier’s Office by this Friday

• Attendance at Premier’s Reception and Dinner April 19 (PC Party fundraiser) – Bill Hawkins, key political advisor to the Premier on electricity issue will be at our table (Milnthorp, Shapiro, DeVries, Dadson, with 4 guests attending)

• Efforts to get some major industrial customers/consumer groups on side publicly with our message re: the Fall (I can detail what we are doing in that regard)

• Identify ways in which we can “lever” Enron systems to overcome any concern about distributor readiness (I can detail what we are doing/could do in that regard)

• Continue to press Independent Power Producers’ Society of Ontario to mount public advertising campaign comparable to IPPSA’s ads in Alberta

• Meetings with investment banks (message re: importance of early market opening to valuation of OPG assets)

• Potential retainer of Tom Long (Monitor) and Leslie Noble (Strategy Corp.), two key advisors to Premier Harris (note: Long had been invited to Ken Lay lunch but could not attend; Noble is key PC campaign organizer: she may be conflicted because of work for OPG; she is evidently advising, for political reason, that market opening be pushed off until after next election)

• Levering of US gov’t/ regulatory bodies re: reciprocity

Enron Canada
Ken Lay addressed a breakfast meeting of the Toronto Board of Trade on Wednesday, April 4, as part of the “Power Breakfast Series”. His topic
“Moving Forward with Electricity Deregulation.”

Before his speech, chairman of the Board of Trade commented that “this was the best attendance ever” at one of their breakfast meetings. After the meeting, Mr. Lay spoke with reporters from Reuters, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Report on Business TV emphasizing Enron’s commitment to deregulation of the Ontario power market.

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3 thoughts on “Ontario Energy Scam And The Enron Connection

  1. I’ve watched this accident in slow motion from the cancellation of the already half built and fully paid for gas plants, to guaranteed prices for wind farm power. All you needed was net billing legislation and the free market would taken over. Now wind farms are being paid despite lack of a market, and the consumers are paying crushing bills for politicians stupid decisions. Just level the playing field and get the hell out of the way.

  2. Can this not be used in courts to prove the corruption of our government? It is so disgusting to have these kind of people have so much say in where our money goes. These people are so greedy and have no idea what it is like to try and survive and raise a family. The majority of us don’t make the kind of money these Blood Suckers do and they make their money from Stealing it from all of us! They should all be in jail and have to repay us out of their own pockets!

  3. Pingback: Ontario Hydro – The Future | Canadian Truths

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