THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is seeking input from Ontarians as it updates its Long-Term Energy Plan. This updated plan will help guide the province as it continues to build a reliable, clean and cost-effective electricity system for Ontario families now and for our children and grandchildren into the future.
“Seven years ago Ontarians weren’t sure when they flicked the switch if the lights would come on. Now, our power system is strong, reliable and cleaner. Building on these gains and moving this updated plan forward is essential, so that our children and grandchildren can rely on the lights turning on for years to come,” states Brad Duguid the Minister of Energy.
Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, first introduced in 2006, has already resulted in the creation of 8,000 more megawatts (MW) of new clean energy powering Ontario homes and businesses. That’s enough electricity to power cities the size of Ottawa and Toronto. It is also the first significant new generation built in Ontario in over 10 years.
The updated Long-Term Energy Plan will ensure Ontario continues to be a North American leader for clean energy jobs and technology and will incorporate the strategy to shutdown all dirty, smog-producing coal plants by 2014.
- The Electricity Act, 1998 requires that Ontario, through the Ontario Power Authority’s Integrated Power System Plan, regularly update its Long-Term Energy Plan.
- Over 1,400 MW of renewable energy from wind, water, sun and biogas have been brought online since 2003.
- Ontario has rejuvenated nuclear energy capacity, added new natural gas-fired plants and is investing in expanded hydroelectric stations at Niagara and the Lower Mattagami.
- Coal generation is down 70 per cent from 2003 levels, on the way to eliminating all dirty, smog producing coal plants by the end of 2014.
- Ontario will be seeking views and input from key contributors on the future of Ontario’s electricity system including utilities, environmental organizations, energy companies, First Nation and Métis organizations, consumer groups and others.
To offer your feedback visit http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/en/energy/