June 12, 2006

Cities show the way

Many Ontario municipal governments are taking a leadership position in the debate over Ontario’s electricity future by calling on the province to embrace a conservation-first approach to meeting their citizens’ energy needs.

Recently, for example, Hamilton Mayor Larry Di Ianni sent the Premier a letter noting that his council fully endorsed the Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s specific recommendations for increasing efficiency and the use of renewable power. 

This week, Waterloo Regional Council will consider a similar motion that calls on the province to take the following actions with respect to the Ontario Power Authority’s Supply Mix Advice and Recommendations Report dated 9 December 2005:

  • Defer any decisions on supply mix portfolio until an open and more comprehensive consultation process can be conducted which will allow a fuller discussion on the large number of issues raised by various experts and stakeholders, and to assess public views on the potential trade-offs and risks associated with the complex choices in the report;
  • Implement a broad-based and sustainable conservation and demand management strategy to significantly reduce the current and future electricity use to allow time for this consultation to take place;
  • Complete a comprehensive assessment of the technical and economic potential for energy conservation, demand management and renewable energy, and develop a long term strategy to maximize their use in Ontario; and
  • Reduce future energy demand by including stringent new energy efficiency standards in the Ontario Building Code.  

If you are a resident of Waterloo Region, please contact the Regional Chair and your councillor and urge them to support this motion.  (Follow this link for a list of councillors http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/region.nsf/DocID/7D8DA5F9C5A28DB385256AF700553217?OpenDocument).

If you live outside the region, ask your municipal government to also consider such a motion in order to increase the security of supply in your region and to reduce the health and environmental impacts of electricity generation.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you

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