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if Ontario could achieve the State of New York’s level of electricity efficiency by 2020, our total electricity consumption would be 27% less than it was in 2005 despite a projected 18% increase in our population.

Need proof that it can be done? California has held the line on per capita electricity consumption for more than 20 years by aggressively rewarding efficiency and investing in renewable power sources. The State estimates it pays 3 cents a kilowatt to reduce electricity use versus up to 16 cents per kilowatt to buy power in peak periods. And this is in a State that has already implemented many efficiency programs that are still not even on Ontario's radar screen! (Ontario is currently paying on average 2.7 cents per kilowatt for efficiency measures versus a projected cost of 14 to 15.7 cents per kilowatt for power from new nuclear stations).

The irony of Ontario's woeful levels of energy efficiency is that it creates a massive opportunity to cost-effectively ramp up efficiency and conservation efforts -- the fastest and cheapest way to reduce emissions and meet our power needs.

Where Ontario has got it right is with its Standard Offer Program for renewable power sources. This program makes it straightforward for wind, solar and other zero emission sources to get up and running. We need to expand the Standard Offer concept to include efficiency programs. Any company or institution that can deliver reliable electricity savings should be paid a rate that reflects what it would otherwise cost the province to secure and deliver that power. A simple but powerful incentive to do more with less.

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if Ontario could achieve the State of New York’s level of electricity efficiency by 2020, our total electricity consumption would be 27% less than it was in 2005 despite a projected 18% increase in our population.

Ontario's Green Future


Sign the petition for a Nuclear Cost Responsibility Act for Ontario

Every nuclear construction project in Ontario's history has gone massively over budget. And we are all on the hook for these runaway costs, paying a nuclear debt surcharge on every kilowatt of electricity we use. Renewable and natural gas generating projects are strictly prohibited from passing on cost overruns to consumers or taxpayers. It’s time to level the playing field and end nuclear’s free ride.

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Ontario's Green Future

Ontario Clean Air AllianceThe Ontario Clean Air Alliance is a coalition of health and environmental organizations, faith communities, municipalities, utilities, unions, corporations and individuals working for cleaner air through a coal phase-out and a shift to a renewable electricity future.

www.cleanairalliance.org
416-260-2080
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