We sent a series of letters to the IESO about our thoughts on the best ways to phase-out gas:
In October 2021 the IESO released a simplistic, biased and fundamentally flawed report which provides a sub-optimal plan to achieve a 99.7% gas power phase-out by 2030. In addition, the report falsely claims that it would be impossible to obtain the remaining 3/10ths of 1% our electricity needs from carbon-free sources by 2030.
Getting Ontario to a Zero-Carbon Electricity Grid by 2030 and Lower Bills – PPT
As a result, on October 7th, Ontario’s Minister of Energy Todd Smith sent the IESO back to the drawing board. That is, Minister Smith directed the IESO to develop a plan to achieve a complete phase-out of gas power by an unspecified date. While Minister Smith’s directive is a step in the right direction, it needs to be amended to require the IESO to develop a plan which will return the gas plants’ pollution back to their 2017 level ASAP and achieve a complete gas power phase-out by 2030.
Read our Feb. 2022 report on how Ontario can phase out gas-fired generation.
Read our March 8, 2022 letter to the IESO with respect to the scope, modelling and input assumptions of its proposed Pathways to Decarbonization study.
Read our March 23, 2022 memo to the IESO with respect to its Operability Assessment PPT presentation for its proposed Pathways to Decarbonization study.
Read our March 23, 2022 letter to Environment Minister Guilbeault with respect to phasing-out gas power in Ontario by 2030, five years in advance of the target for Canada’s provinces with fossil-fuel intensive electricity grids (e.g, Alberta and Saskatchewan). We are also as