The government of Ontario -- currently presided over by the Progressive Conservative (a contradiction in terms) premier Doug Ford -- recently announced plans to offer a "$75 prepaid credit card in exchange for giving their smart thermostat manufacturer secure access to the device." You read that right -- for the price of about three-quarters of one evening out with your wife, you too could give some bureaucrat somewhere authority to adjust the temperature in your house to their liking. Such a deal!
The government says the adjustment would typically last for no more than three hours, wouldn’t be on weekends or holidays, and participants can opt out of any temperature change.
Well, of course they say that... now. But once they have the keys to the car, what's gonna stop them from taking it for a joyride? Because their obsession with what goes on in the privacy of our homes isn't going to fade once they have the access and authority to actually control it.
It's for you own good, peasants.
Of course, noted Chuck Farmer, the Independent Electricity System Operator’s vice-president of planning, conservation and resource adequacy, this is an obvious solution to a difficult problem: "demand for electricity is increasing, while nuclear resources are coming offline for retirement or refurbishment." Left unsaid -- Ontario, like other Canadian provinces, has bet big on so-called "renewable energy," which isn't ready for prime time. As the demand for electricity increases -- including to charge those steadily-increasing numbers of Electric Vehicles on the road that Canada is so proud of -- it is becoming increasingly apparent how ill-suited wind and solar are to keep up with demand.
Not that they'll ever acknowledge that reality. For Farmer, the solution lies in the "600,000 smart thermostats installed in Ontario" at the moment. If the government could just turn up the temperature in those 600,000 homes, well... they wouldn't ever have to admit what a huge mistake they've made.
They screw up, we pay the price. Sounds about right.