Ontario needs to lead again

Ontario led the world in phasing out dirty coal fired power. But our energy planners are headed in the wrong direction when it comes to finishing the job of transitioning Ontario to a zero-carbon electricity system. Instead of developing a workable plan to phase out gas-fired power by 2030, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is planning to massively ramp up gas plant use – by more than 600% by 2040! At the same time, instead of focusing on low-cost renewable energy and energy efficiency, the IESO is supporting the construction of an incredibly expensive new nuclear reactor in the GTA, despite not knowing what to do with its radioactive waste. We need to tell Ontario Energy Minister Todd Smith that the IESO is wildly off track and that he needs to direct this agency to get with the program when it comes to reducing – not increasing – Ontario’s climate impact.

  • The IESO is planning to increase gas-plant use by 375% by 2030 and by more than 600% by 2040.
  • Our plan makes it clear Ontario can phase out gas-fired electricity generation instead without any risk of blackouts.
  • The IESO must be directed to develop a sensible plan for phasing out gas power by 2030 that does not include expensive distractions like new nuclear reactors.