January 11, 2012

Ontario coal-fired electricity production hits 50-year low and electricity demand down 10%

Last year, Ontario’s coal-fired electricity generation fell to its lowest level in half a century. In 2011, just 2.7% of our electricity generation was coal-fired, our lowest level of coal use since 1961.

And there’s more good news: Ontario’s electricity consumption in 2011 also continued its downward trend with total electricity consumption 10% lower than in 2005.

Ontario is heading in the right direction after making a dirty detour into coal and nuclear power from the 1960s onwards. Now we can finish the job by completely phasing out coal in 2012 and by investing in energy efficiency to reduce our electricity demand even further, increase our productivity and lower our energy bills.

Please email Ontario Energy Minister Chris Bentley (and cc me) – ask him to finish the coal phase-out in 2012 and invest in energy conservation. Clean air can’t wait.

Thanks for your help shaping ON’s energy policy. Here’s to some clean energy action in 2012!

Angela Bischoff
Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
160 John Street, Suite 300, Toronto, Ont. M5V 2E5
Phone 416-260-2080 ext. 1
angela@cleanairalliance.org
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