Ontario's Green Future


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The efficiency advantage

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Powerful OptionsPowerful Options

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.

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GE Hitachi Toronto Plant: Health Myths

This factsheet explains the health implications of the GE Hitachi uranium processing facility in Toronto's west end.

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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.

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Myths and Facts about nuclear power

This short factsheet examines some of the most common myths about nuclear energy in Ontario

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Nuclear sale must be on "a commercial basis"

Letter from federal Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt to OCAA


Green FutureOntario's Green Future

How we can build a 100% renewable electricty grid by 2027

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Power of Mutual BenefitThe Power of Mutual Benefit: The potential benefits of increased Ontario-Quebec electricity trade

Hydro imports from Quebec offer a cheaper and more reliable solution to meeting Ontario's electricity needs.

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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

Opening the door to clean power in Toronto

A discussion of current barriers to distributed energy in Toronto and what can be done to remove them.

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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.

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Green PowerWWF, 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.

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New Electricity Strategy for OntarioIncreasing productivity and moving towards a renewable future

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 supplyOCAA Air Quality Factsheet #26

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
Energy conservation programs can save all taxpayers money

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.


Tax ShiftTax Shift: Eliminating Subsidies and Moving to Full-cost electricity pricing

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 high costs of nuclear on Democracy Now

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 demandOCAA Air Quality Factsheet #24

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).

Gary Mason in the Globe and Mail, August 2008

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

Bruce Power Deal comparisonIn 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.

Towers of powerTowers of Power: Advancing combined heat and power in multi-residential buildings

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.

Places of PowerPlaces of Power: Advancing combined heat and power in the institutional and municipal sector

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."
Amory Lovins, speaking on Democracy Now!

Green Energy Coalition responses to the Government of Ontario's proposed electricity plan

Shifting to Renewable Generation:
Planning Recommendations for Ontario

by Dr. Hermann Scheer
President, EUROSOLAR
General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energies

Optimizing Conservation and Demand Management Resources in Ontario
by Scudder H. Parker
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

The Role of Recycled Energy and
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) in
Ontario’s Electricity Future

by Thomas R. Casten
Recycled Energy Development LLC

Review of the Ontario Load Forecast in the
Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP)

by Ralph Torrie & Doug Morrow
ICF International

An Analysis of the Ontario Power Authority’s
Consideration of Environmental Sustainability in Electricity System Planning

Robert B. Gibson
Mark Winfield
Tanya Markvart
Kyrke Gaudreau
Jennifer Taylor

Storage Options in Planning
Prepared by Tim Hennessy
VRB Power Systems

Overnight Costs of New Nuclear Reactors
by Jim Harding

Cost Implications of the Residual Radiological Risk of Nuclear Generation of Electricity in Ontario
by Dr. Gordon R. Thompson
Institute for Resource and Security Studies


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.