June 19, 2014 – Please pass this onto a friend!
View of the Election On the electricity front, we shifted the agenda, and we’re optimistic that we’ll make good progress with the government elect. Late last year the Wynne gov’t implemented a Conservation First policy; that is, pursue all cost-effective conservation and efficiency opportunities before investing in new energy supply. And in recent months all 4 major parties adopted water power imports from QC as an option worth pursuing. With your help we delivered thousands of emails to each of the parties, and distributed 100,000 election leaflets pushing our agenda of conservation and water power imports to replace the Darlington rebuild project. We're on a roll - thanks for all you help!
Energy board proposal for fixed hydro rates called “Robin Hood in reverse” Scheme would overwhelmingly benefit wealthy homeowners and energy hogs. Read Ontario Clean Air Alliance's report here.
Say no to increase in fixed monthly hydro charges The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is proposing to dramatically increase the fixed monthly customer charges for Ontario’s residential electricity consumers, penalizing conservers. OCAA responds with a bulletin, report, and automated letter to Energy Minister Chiarelli.
Don’t undermine electricity conservation: T.O. Star Editorial A draft report by the Ontario Energy Board wrongly recommends flat fees for electricity delivery, no matter how much electricity homeowners use.
Ontario, Quebec, Electricity and Climate Change: Time for a new Relationship? Changes in the political, economic, technological landscape for both Ontario and Quebec over the past few years have begun to raise the question of whether there may be mutual benefits in a closer relationship for both provinces around electricity. In addition to obtaining lower cost electricity supplies, Ontario would be able to carry through on a long-standing commitment action on climate change.
Parties rely heavily on corporate, union donations Bruce Power is the heavyweight of contributors, donating $57,800 across all three parties, with about half going to the NDP and the rest split between Liberals and PCs.
Uranium Mining in Quebec: Strateco Calls It Quits on Matoush Project
Michigan Senate wants more scrutiny for ON nuclear dump Proposed waste site near Kincardine, ON faces opposition in U.S. “Today’s vote shows the Michigan Senate is united in its opposition to this facility,” said Sen. Phil Pavlov. “Not only would this nuclear dump threaten the health of natural resources in Michigan, it could critically damage the ecosystem of the Great Lakes basin.” Here's another piece.
Greenpeace v. Canada: Symbolic Blow to the Nuclear Industry, Game-Changer for Everyone Else?
Fukushima Update Nuclear News portal from Japan.
Did you know? Energy Efficiency is Our Cheapest Option An Infographic by Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
Peru just launched a program to get solar to 2 million of the country’s poorest residents
Click here to send a message to Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli to let him know that you are opposed to higher fixed charges. Tell him you want to be rewarded, not penalized, for saving energy. Find out more here.
Stop OPG's 30% price increase With a few clicks you can let all the ON Party Leaders know that you oppose OPG’s 30% nuclear price increase and that you favour lower-cost and greener options to meeting our electricity needs. Learn more here, sign here, order free leaflets here.
Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year As our new pamphlet explains, importing clean hydro power from Quebec is a much cheaper way to meet our electricity needs than re-building the Darlington Nuclear Plant. Order free copies today to distribute to your neighbours, family and friends.
Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition.
Tell Stephen Harper: Nuclear Polluters Must Pay A Greenpeace Canada petition to amend the Nuclear Liability Act. For more info on nuclear liability in Canada, click here. And read transcripts from Parliament here.
Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Please sign the petition to oppose OPG’s plans to bury their nuclear waste on the shore of Lake Huron. And urge your elected officials to pass a resolution to oppose the nuclear dump on the Great Lake Huron - already 60+ jurisdictions have done so!
Germany's Path to 100% Renewable Energy Regions – Webinar. Wed. June 25, 3 p.m. EST. In recent years, Germany has experienced a boom in local energy initiatives aiming at 100% renewable energy. The webinar will offer an overview of progress, and highlight the strategies that have worked, including successful political decision-making, networking, courageous entrepreneurship, and citizen-led organizing. Register here.
TREC Educations's School’s Out Party Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative's annual fundraiser. Thur. June 26, Toronto
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