October 1, 2010
Phasing-out coal: the next critical step
Ontario’s decision to shut down 2,000 megawatts of coal-fired electricity generation capacity today is an important step forward on the road to a coal-free Ontario that can boast cleaner air and a healthier climate.
But despite this step, 11 of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) dirty coal-fired boilers will remain in operation until 2014, and under the province’s current environmental rules OPG can increase its total coal-fired electricity production by 14% in order to make export sales to the U.S. [Finishing the coal phase out] Increasing OPG’s profits at the expense of our children’s health doesn’t make sense.
The good news is that Ontario’s coal-free generation capacity is now 17% greater than our peak day electricity demands. Therefore we can achieve a virtually complete coal phase-out today by simply putting our dirty coal plants on standby reserve, only operating them if they are absolutely needed to keep the lights on.
Please send an email to Energy Minister Duguid now and ask him to prevent up to 137,500 asthma attacks per year by putting all of our dirty coal boilers on standby reserve today.
Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246
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