Pause for thought?

The impending deregulation of the electricity sector in the Canadian province of Ontario is drawing fire from some end-users, who say incumbent utility Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will retain too much market power after market opening on May 1. But other market watchers say low wholesale prices and a generous reserve margin will help Ontario avoid any price shocks as it moves smoothly to competition.

The move to deregulate electricity enjoys wide support from industry, government and the

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