More resources about how we can create a Green Future for Ontario
This examination of replacement options for Ontario's aging nuclear plants finds that there are many lower cost and lower risk options than new nuclear reactors.
GE Hitachi Toronto Plant: Health Myths
This factsheet explains the health implications of the GE Hitachi uranium processing facility in Toronto's west end.
The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2009
This report prepared for the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Reactor Safety debunks the myth of a "nuclear renaissance." It points out that nuclear energy is actually in decline worldwide and that current planned nuclear projects are not sufficient to even reverse this downward trend, let alone lead to a large expansion in nuclear energy use.
This short factsheet examines some of the most common myths about nuclear energy in Ontario
Nuclear sale must be on "a commercial basis"
Ontario's Green Future
How we can build a 100% renewable electricty grid by 2027
Hydro imports from Quebec offer a cheaper and more reliable solution to meeting Ontario's electricity needs.
OCAA call for action
Letter from OCAA and Equiterre to Premier McGuinty and Premier Charest on increasing the electricity trade between Ontario and Quebec. Read the letter
A discussion of current barriers to distributed energy in Toronto and what can be done to remove them.
Toronto Sun Opinion Piece - March 2009
The answer, Ontario, is blowing in the wind
The Green Energy Act lays out the McGuinty government's new energy agenda in very broad strokes: More emphasis on efficiency and renewable power.
But it's the details -- and what's not yet in the act -- that will determine whether this legislation powers a green energy revolution or leaves Ontario a sputtering green weakling.
There are four additional elements needed to create a prosperous green economy: A real commitment to ramp up spending on energy efficiency; a more enlightened approach to using natural gas; increased electricity trade with Quebec; and an end to blank cheque spending on nuclear projects.
WWF, Pembina, David Suzuki Foundation Report
Green Power: Today's Choice for Ontario's Future
A look at what it will take to put Ontario on a high efficiency electricity path.
A New Electricity Strategy for Ontario
An in-depth look at how Ontario's electricity system went off the rails with a risky bet on nuclear power and a culture of excess consumption and how we can change direction and create an economy that can compete on productivity and knowledge. Click here for report summary and full report.
Conservation vs. New Supply: A Summary of the Ontario Power Authority's Procurement Efforts
The Ontario Power Authority is spending $39 on new supply sources for every dollar it is spending on conservation and efficiency despite the fact that every dollar spent on conservation and efficiency provides 2.4 times more megawatts than a dollar spent on new supply. Click here to read the factsheet (pdf).
Toronto Star Opinion Piece - July 2008
Ontario's Energy System Ripe for a Shake Up
When George Smitherman became Ontario's health minister in 2003, he inherited a creaky, inefficient system deeply set in its way. Smitherman proved himself to be a dedicated reformer, pushing the emphasis from costly chronic care to much more effective prevention efforts. As he moves into the energy hot seat, Smitherman is going to find he has a new patient with many of the same old symptoms. Read the full story.
Hamilton Spectator Opinion Piece - May 2008
Time to park megaprojects mentality
It's that time of year. You have dutifully prepared your taxes and wondered where all the money went. When it comes to our electricity system, Ontario taxpayers may be wondering the same thing 15 years from now.
With the province seemingly determined to throw good money after bad on nuclear power while keeping a tight throttle on spending to reduce electricity demand, Ontario taxpayers and ratepayers are being set up for a whopping headache just down the road. Read the full story.
Yes, higher prices can be good for you, especially when they are combined with a tidy hydro rebate funded by the savings from subsidy cancellations. Ontario lags many other jurisdictions in the efficiency of its electricity use in part because we have long-hidden the real costs of producing electricity from consumers. We will all benefit from real pricing that promotes efficiency and spurs clean energy development. Click here to read the full report.
Amory Lovins discusses the "nuclear renaissance" myth and why nuclear is not the solution to climate change. Lovins is the director and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a leading energy consulting think tank in the United States. Click here to read the full interview.
Konrad Yakabuski in the Globe and Mail, July 2008
McGuinty is wrong-headed on nuclear
"Why do we have this funny feeling that nuclear power is the best idea since crop-based biofuels?" Read the full article.
Reducing Peak Demand: How Ontario can expedite the coal phase out by reducing peak demand
This factsheet outlines how by reducing the peaks in electricity demand that occur on a handful of days each year we can eliminate the need for coal-fired generation well before 2014. Click here to read the full factsheet (pdf).
Call me an optimist, but if Denmark can go green, Canada can too
Denmark has built a high-efficiency electricity system over the last 20 years and has dramatically ramped up its use of renewable power. This Globe and Mail writer suggests Canada could learn a lesson or two. Read the full article.
Energy Issues Fact Sheet
The Bruce Power Deal: A Comparative Analysis
In 2004 and 2005, the Government of Ontario entered into contracts with independent power producers for renewable and natural gas-fired electricity supplies. In October 2005, the Government announced that it had negotiated a special, out-of-market deal with Bruce Power for nuclear electricity. This fact sheet compares the key contract terms of the Bruce Power Deal with those of the Government of Ontario’s supply contracts for renewable and natural gas-fired electricity. Read the full factsheet.
The power of combined heat and power
Combined heat and power (CHP) systems produce two services -- heat and electricity -- using the same amount of fuel as would normally be used to produce just one, heat. Their vastly greater efficiency means that natural-gas fired CHP systems can have greenhouse gas emissions that are 80% less than those from an equivlent coal-fired generator.
Multi-unit residential buildings can be well-suited to CHP systems. This factsheet offers case studies of three groundbreaking CHP applications in the high-rise sector. Read the full factsheet.
Schools, hospitals and municipal centres are all good candidates for CHP systems. This factsheet offers case studies of four systems, ranging from Markham's growing district energy system to the City of Hamilton's biogas-fired system. Read the full factsheet.
Tyler Hamilton in The Toronto Star, September 2008
Manure energizes readers
Tyler Hamilton reports on how livestock manure and agricultural waste can generate electricity. Read the full article.
Tracy Hanes in The Toronto Star, September 2008
Huge savings claimed by new system
A revolutionary new home heating and electricity generating system is being introduced in Southern Ontario: A developer is offering combined heat and power for single family homes in Oakville and Woodbridge. Read the full article.
"In 2006. 1.4 billion watts of nuclear energy was added worldwide. Sounds like a lot. Well, it's about one big plant's worth worldwide. That was less than what photovoltaics -- solar cells -- added in capacity. It was a tenth what wind power added. It was a thirtieth to a fortieth of what micropower added."
Green Energy Coalition responses to the Government of Ontario's proposed electricity plan
Shifting to Renewable Generation:
Optimizing Conservation and Demand Management Resources in Ontario
The Role of Recycled Energy and
Review of the Ontario Load Forecast in the
An Analysis of the Ontario Power Authority’s
Storage Options in Planning
Overnight Costs of New Nuclear Reactors
Cost Implications of the Residual Radiological
Risk of Nuclear Generation of Electricity