4RG has commented that subsidies to keep the cost of electricity down lessen the financial incentive for consumers to use less electricity. Effectively these subsidies are a road block to reducing GHG emissions in any province that generates electricity from fossil fuels.
A prior commentary, Politicians and Energy Subsidies, reviewed strategies adopted by Provincial Governments to keep costs down. In Ontario hydro bills credit residents with a flat ten per cent reduction. The Ontario Government introduced this credit to lessen the financial impact of the cost of renewable energy sources, particularly windpower. The Government’s explanation was that today’s taxpayers should not have to pay the entire costs of a shift to renewable energy that will be benefit future taxpayers.