High cost jobs

This new factsheet looks at the cost of creating jobs in the auto manufacturing sector compared to creating jobs through the rebuilding of the Darlington Nuclear Plant. For government, there is no question which approach offers greater bang for the job creation buck.

High cost jobs


 

A picture is worth billions

Ontario's electricity options: A cost comparisonThe graph in our new factsheet explains in one image why Ontario should be pursuing water power imports from Quebec instead of re-building our aging nuclear reactors. Combined with energy efficiency, Quebec imports are far cheaper than nuclear electricity, even under Ontario Power Generation’s most optimistic estimates. Even if we lock into a long-term contract at double the spot market price for Quebec water power, we will still come out ahead by billions of dollars. It really is that simple.


 

Dear Mr. Clark: Avoid the OPG debt trap

Premier Kathleen Wynne has asked TD Bank President Ed Clark how the province can “optimize” assets like the LCBO and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in order to help slay the province’s deficit. When it comes to OPG, we had a few words of advice for Mr. Clark: Stop this underperforming crown corporation from wasting more money on bloated nuclear projects.  In our submission to Mr. Clark, we pointed out that all the dividends and income taxes paid by OPG and Hydro One over the last 15 years have gone to paying down the debt left by Ontario Hydro’s nuclear cost debacles instead of paying for transit, school repairs or better health care.  It's time to get OPG off the nuclear debt treadmill and back to focusing on its real crown jewels: The 54 low-cost water power generating stations it inherited from the old Ontario Hydro. Read our full submission.


Greater electricity trade can help both Ontario and Quebec

Quebec Ontario benefitsOur new report makes it clear that there are enormous benefits for both Ontario and Quebec that would flow from increased cooperation on electricity. Ontario could import power from Quebec at a fraction of the cost of rebuilding the Darlington Nuclear Station. Quebec could increase both its export prices and volumes and diversify its export markets. Quebec could import Ontario wind power in winter to help meet its peak demand. Ontario could use Quebec wind and water power in summer to help meet peak demand. Both provinces will end up with lower debt thanks to either lower system costs or increased revenues. It's a win-win deal just waiting to happen.

Read the press release | Read the report | View the infographic | Read economist Jeff Rubin's take on the advantages of Quebec imports


Higher fixed charges not the answer

The Ontario Energy Board is proposing to as much as double the fixed monthly charge residential customers pay on their monthly hydro bill. Such an increase would reduce customers' incentive to use electricity efficiently by further straining the link between actual consumption and costs. Utilities can continue to maintain reliable systems without a whopping increase in the fixed monthly charge, argues our new factsheet.

Doubling the Fixed Monthly Charge: A review of the Ontario Energy Board's proposal to guarantee the resiential and small business revenues of Ontario's electric utilities.


 

Nuclear generation up, electricity costs up

nuclear generation up, costs up The amount of power supplied by nuclear plants in Ontario has increased by 44% since 2003. Over the same period, the wholesale cost of electricity has also risen by 50% — just more evidence that high cost, high risk nuclear power is no bargain. With OPG requesting a 30% price increase for its nuclear plants, in part to start paying for the costly rebuilding of its aging Darlington Nuclear Station, there has never been a better time to negotiate a much lower cost power import deal with Quebec. In fact, a recent poll shows that Ontarians would prefer to import hydro power from Quebec than rebuild Darlington even if power from Darlington cost the same as power from Quebec!

Find out more in our new factsheet


 

Celebrating the coal phase out

Goodbye King Coal!On Feb. 27th, the OCAA was joined at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto by 300 guests to celebrate Ontario's groundbreaking coal phase out. It took 17 years and a relentless effort to eliminate the single largest source of air pollution, toxins and greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario, but we did it! At the event we presented "Clean Air and Climate Champion Awards" to Bruce Lourie, president of the Ivey Foundation, Dr. Ted Boadway from the Ontario Medical Association, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, and Premier Kathleen Wynne.. View event photos.

We also heard from Premier Kathleen Wynne, who committed to continued action to address smog and climate change.

Jack Gibbons

OCAA Chair Jack Gibbons addresses the crowd

Bruce Lourie

Bruce Lourie accepting award

Julia Langer

Julia Langer accepting award on behalf of TAF

Kathleen Wynne

Premier Kathleen Wynne accepting award

Ted Boadway

Dr. Ted Boadway accepting award

King Coal

Host Bruce Croxon saying goodbye to King Coal

 


Stop the money grabOntario Power Generation's Money Grab

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is seeking permission from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to raise its rates for nuclear electricity by 30% in 2014. This rate increase will cost electricity consumers $755.6 million per year.

Sign our petition opposing OPG's 30% rate increase request!

Clearly, OPG’s proposal to raise its rates is inconsistent with Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli’s goal of bending the cost curve down for the province’s electricity consumers. Fortunately, there are three actions that Minister Chiarelli can take to dramatically reduce our electricity rates and bills:

1. Shut down the aging, high-cost Pickering Nuclear Station in 2015;
2. Negotiate a long-term electricity supply contract with Quebec;
3. Cancel the Darlington Re-Build Project.

Read our new factsheet: Ontario Power Generation's Money Grab.


Quebec imports can save us $1 billion per year

Quebec imports can save us $1 billion a yearAs 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. Even using the most optimistic estimates for the Darlington rebuild project, power from Quebec is 50% cheaper. And Quebec has plenty of power to export. When its two latest hydro projects are completed in the near future, it will be looking to sell an additional 17 billion kWh of electricity per year.

If you think saving more than $1 billion a year on our electricity bills just makes sense, then order our new pamphlet to distribute to your friends, family and colleagues. We need to get the word out about this brighter solution to Ontario's energy needs!

OraclePoll shows that Ontarians overwhelming support making a deal with Quebec

View the pamphlet | Order free copies of the pamphlet

Read our factsheet for more details on the great deal Quebec is offering.

 


Victory - Coal phase out a major climate achievement

In December 2013, the giant Nanticoke coal plant on the shores of Lake Erie burned its last piece of coal. The shutdown of four major Ontario coal plants (Nanticoke, Lambton Lakeview, and Atikokan) and the coming conversion of the small Thunder Bay plant to biomass (happening in 2014) represents the single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiative in North America. It took more than ten years of research and activism for the Clean Air Alliance to achieve this important goal, but we did it thanks to the support of thousands of Ontarians.

Eliminating coal also eliminates a huge source of toxins such as mercury and lead, a massive contributor to smog and acid rain and a leading source of particulate matter that contributes to lung and heart disease. Thank you to everyone who helped us make the coal phase out happen!

The OCAA is now hard at work on our goal of moving Ontario to a 100% renewable electricity grid. You can help! Donate today!


Why Ontario needs to put conservation first (and nuclear last)

The Ontario Government has released a new Long Term Energy Plan. The good news is that plan includes a commitment to put conservation first for both electricity and natural gas in Ontario and opens the door to importing low-cost water power from Quebec. The bad news is that it continues to call for spending tens of billions of dollars on re-building unneeded nuclear reactors.

LTEP submission

Read our submission on how Ontario can develop a cost effective and efficient electricity system

 

Putting Consumers and Conservation First

Read our submission on how Ontario can really put conservation and efficiency first


We need solutions that fit

Put the hammer down:
Why nuclear power is a poor fit for Ontario

 


Efficient Growth: Breaking the link between economic growth and rising electricity usage

Falling demand for electricityDuring the 20th century, economic growth in Ontario equaled growing demand for electricity. In the last seven years, however, a dramatic rise in our level of electricity productivity has led to a falling demand for electricity despite the fact that our population and economy continue to grow. And according to Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), this trend is going to continue until at least 2017.

This trend makes it all the more important for Ontario to move away from large, inflexible energy mega-projects, like rebuilding the Darlington Nuclear Station, and embrace a high-efficiency future instead.

Read the factsheet

 


Drummond ReportEnergizing the Drummond Report

Ontario can reap multi-billion dollar electricity savings: Ontario's electricity bills can be reduced by $1.7 billion to $9.1 billion per year by 2030 by importing water power from Quebec and investing in energy efficiency and natural gas-fired combined heat and power plants instead of continued wasteful spending on nuclear power. Read all about it in OCAA’s new report: Energizing the Drummond Report: How Ontario can reap multi-billion dollar electricity savings.



Making energy efficiency work for Ontario's economy

How Ontario can create thousands of new jobs, reduce government deficits and grow its economy by embracing energy efficiency

An Energy Efficiency Strategy for OntaroOur report looks at how five key actions can deliver enormous finanacial benefits for Ontario while also helping our climate and our environment.

Read the Executive Summary

Read the full report

Read the accompanying analysis of the economic impact of increased energy efficiency produced by the Centre for Spatial Economics, one of Ontario's top economic forecasters.

Conservation vs. New Supply factsheet: This factsheet summarizes the Ontario Power Authority's spending on new supply sources compared to its spending on efficiency and conservation methods.

 


The case for phasing out nuclear power

OCAA Chair Jack Gibbons on how Ontario can phase out nuclear power and why we should import water power from Quebec:

 

Darlington Re-Build Could Cost $21-35 BillionDarlington Re-Build Could Cost $21 to $35 Billion

OPG is seeking permission from the Ontario Energy Board to raise its rates commencing March 2011 to start paying for the Darlington Re-Build project. According to OPG, its proposal to extend the operating life of Darlington by 30 years will cost $8.5 to $14 billion.  However, as this OCAA report notes, every single nuclear project in Ontario’s history has gone over budget and the actual costs of Ontario’s nuclear projects have been 2.5 times greater than the original cost estimates.

Read the English report  |  Read the press release


Powerful Options: A review of Ontario's options for replacing nuclear powerPowerful Options: A review of Ontario’s options for replacing aging nuclear plants

This new report discusses how hydro-electricity imports from Quebec and the development of the Lower Churchill Falls Project in Labrador can replace Ontario’s aging nuclear. In fact, it finds that Ontario has a number of viable options for replacing nuclear that are available now at a lower cost than building new nuclear reactors.

Read the report  |  Read the press release


Ontario's nuclear debtOntario's nuclear debt

Billions still owing on debt racked up by old Ontario Hydro on costly nuclear projects

Read the factsheet and find out just how much you owe and how we can stop it from happening again.




Higher profits and lower bills: A new electricity strategy for QuebecHigher Profits and Lower Bills: A New Electricity Strategy for Hydro Quebec

Hydro Quebec’s profits will fall by 24% and its rates will rise by 8% according to this new report released by Equiterre and the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA). Having developed all of the province’s low-cost hydro-electric resources, Hydro Quebec can no longer increase its profits and lower its rates by building new low-cost hydro facilities.

Read the report | En francais

 

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