January 12, 2009

Electricity demand falls, coal exports rise

In 2008, Ontario’s total electricity consumption fell by 2.3% and our total coal-fired electricity generation fell by 18% according to statistics released by the Independent Electricity System Operator today. (Their news release may be viewed at http://www.theimo.com/imoweb/media/md_newsitem.asp?newsID=4458).

On a less positive note, Ontario’s net electricity exports doubled in 2008. As a result, approximately 47% of Ontario’s coal-fired electricity generation was exported.

Please contact Ontario’s Energy Minister George Smitherman and ask him to ban unnecessary and polluting non-emergency coal-fired electricity exports to the U.S.A. Minister Smitherman can be reached at George.Smitherman@ontario.ca, 416-327-6758.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you.

Jessica Fracassi, Communications & Membership Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 245
Fax: 416-926-1601
Email: jessica@cleanairalliance.org
Website: www.cleanairalliance.org
Website: www.OntariosGreenFuture.ca