February 12, 2009

Ontario can phase-out coal by January 1, 2010

Ontario can achieve a virtually complete coal phase-out by January 1, 2010 – five years ahead of the Government’s current schedule according to a new Ontario Clean Air Alliance report: Ontario’s Coal Phase-Out: A major climate accomplishment within our grasp.

According to Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator, Ontario’s coal-free generation capacity currently exceeds our peak day demand by 7%. In addition, almost 4,000 megawatts of additional coal-free generation will come on line by 2010.

The only question remaining is whether the Government will seize this opportunity to achieve an immediate and significant climate benefit or whether it will sit back and let Ontario Power Generation continue to produce dirty power for export sales. In 2008, approximately 47% of the coal-fired electricity produced in Ontario was exported to the U.S.A.

Please contact Ontario’s Energy Minister George Smitherman and ask him to ban non-emergency coal-fired electricity exports and imports. Mr. Smitherman can be reached at George.Smitherman@ontario.ca.

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