Someone needs to tell our provincial government that they can’t have it both ways. They can’t pay only a couple of cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for energy efficiency initiatives while agreeing to pay close to 9 cents a kWh for power from a rebuilt Darlington Nuclear Station and still say they are putting Conservation First.

To really put Conservation First we have to pay for all efficiency measures that are lower cost than rebuilding old nuclear reactors. Offering just over 2 cents for efficiency while agreeing to pay almost 9 cents for nuclear power flies in the face of simple logic and official Ontario policy.

If the government is intent on letting Ontario Power Generation spend tens of billions of dollars re-building Darlington’s four aging reactors, then it should be even more ready to spend on efficiency measures that will lower our electricity bills and minimize the need for Darlington’s high-cost power.

We know there is huge untapped potential for efficiency if we are willing to pay a fair price. And we know that paying for efficiency will save us billions compared to the cost of rebuilding old reactors.

To learn more, download our new report: Putting Conservation First Into Practice: The Next Two Steps.

Please click here to send a message to Premier Wynne and Energy Minister Chiarelli asking them to put Conservation First, not Nuclear First.


Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director