The Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA), established in 1997, is a coalition of individuals and approximately 90 organizations (health and environmental organizations, faith communities, municipalities, utilities, unions and corporations) that represent over six million Ontarians. The OCAA led the fight to phase out coal-fired electricity in Ontario, the largest single climate change action in North America. After a 17 year campaign, Ontario’s final coal plant shut down in April 2014.
The phase out of coal power eliminated Ontario’s largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions, and smog builders like sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. It also eliminated a massive source of dangerous particulate matter, which can damage hearts and lungs, and toxins, including mercury, cadmium and lead.
Now the OCAA is building on its coal-phase out success by working to move Ontario to a 100% renewable electricity grid. An important component of this work is pushing Ontario to become a leader in using energy efficiently. Our goal is to see Ontario become one of ten most energy efficient provinces or states in North America. We are also calling for Ontario to sign a long-term deal to import low-cost water power from Quebec. Such a deal would have great advantages for Ontario compared to high-cost nuclear, including providing energy storage for the province’s growing green supply generation.