Green energy key to avoiding steep nuclear costs in Ontario: report
Ontario's Green Energy Plan 2.0 shows value of investing in green energy
Renewable is Doable's latest report outlines how Ontario could save money
by replacing the retiring Pickering nuclear station with green energy
options such as wind power, solar and biogas.
Last summer, Ontario
suspended its purchase of two new replacement reactors when their cost
reportedly topped $26 billion — $20 billion more than expected in 2007.
This report, Ontario's Green
Energy Plan 2.0, shows that a mix of green energy technologies and conservation
acquired through the government's Green Energy Act would be 12 to 48 per cent
cheaper than buying new reactors to replace the aging Pickering nuclear
station, which is set to close in 2020 due to high maintenance costs.
Read the media release.
Download the report.
There Has Never Been a Better Time Not to Buy a Reactor
Groups ask McGuinty to delay buying new reactor and instead replace aging reactors with green power
Conditions have changed and the McGuinty government should support its
own Green Energy Act by deciding against buying new nuclear reactors
this summer, say thirteen prominent environmental organizations in an
open letter to the Premier.
The groups say there has never been a better time not to buy a nuclear
reactor, and they urge the Premier to forgo spending billions on new
nuclear and instead put his Green Energy Act to work by replacing the
aging Pickering B nuclear station with green energy.
Read the media release.
Download the backgrounder.
Read the letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Getting Renewable Energy Legislation Right in Ontario
Ontario Bill 150, Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 was tabled at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on February 23, 2009. Read about the BIll and the expert analysis by the Green Energy Act Alliance.
Renewable is Doable congratulates the Ontario government for demonstrating provincial and national leadership by introducing Bill 150. Given the importance of this legislation, not only for developing clean energy in Ontario, but for its potential to develop a new manufacturing base for the province and to foster the uptake of feed in tariffs across the continent, it is important that every effort is made to maximize the benefits of this legislation. We need to get it right.
Submissions to the Ontario government standing committee have been made over the month of April, 2009. Download submissions by Renewable is Doable groups and by the Green Energy Act Alliance below.
The Pembina Institute submission
Canadian Environmental Law Association submission
Green Energy Act Alliance submission
Plugging Ontario Into A Green Future: A Renewable Is Doable Action Plan
On September 17, 2008, Ontario Energy Minister George Smitherman
launched a green energy review of Ontario's proposed 20-year
electricity plan, directing the Ontario Power Authority to find ways to
enhance the contributions of renewable energy, conservation and
Plugging Ontario Into A Green Future lays
out an action plan for achieving Minister Smitherman's goal and shows
how doing so will assist Ontario in meeting its climate targets and
create new green jobs.
Plugging Ontario Into A Green Future demonstrates
that the best opportunity to develop a green energy economy in Ontario
is to allow sustainable sources of power to replace ageing nuclear
reactors when they are scheduled to shut down beginning in 2013.
CBC's Newsworld links Plugging Ontario Into A Green Future
with a documentary on a booming renewable energy industry in Germany.
Ontario's abundance of renewable energy makes it a prime province for
developing this resource. Will it take this golden opportunity to
revolutionize our energy systems or repeat mistakes of the past?
The 5th Estate documents Germany's rise to become the renewable energy powerhouse of the industrialized world.
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- Ekos poll showing Ontarians support replacing old nuclear stations with Green Energy
Other Publications of Interest
The Basics of Basload follows the premiere Renewable is Doable report pubished in August 2007 and answers the question: Howis
it doable? It addresses the misconception thatlarge-scale nuclear or
coal generation is required to meet Ontario's base load demand for
electricity. It argues that the right technical, regulatory and policy
tools can make energy efficiency and renewable power the primary source
of power for the future.