IESO launches public engagement on phasing-out Ontario’s gas-fired power plants
Published On: May 8, 2021
Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is launching a public engagement process on how Ontario can reduce its greenhouse gas pollution by phasing out its gas-fired power plants. This is your chance to tell the IESO that we need to phase out gas by 2030 to help our climate and clear our air.
Ontario was a world leader in phasing out dirty coal power. Now much of the world is racing to catch up and may soon pass us. With jurisdictions from the United States to the UK embracing the goal of zero carbon power systems, Ontario will be left behind if it sticks with its plan to use more gas, not less, to replace power from aging nuclear reactors. We simply can’t afford to lose approximately 40% of the climate pollution reductions we achieved by phasing out coal if we want to make climate progress.
We know that vested interests like Ontario Power Generation, Enbridge Gas and TC Energy – the owner of the TransCanada pipeline that brings fracked gas from western Canada to Ontario – will be hotly opposing a gas plant phase-out by 2030. So it’s important that the IESO hears from you – action on climate can’t wait or be sacrificed to maintain corporate profits.