Ontario’s Energy Minister to give the IESO its marching orders for phasing out gas power
Published On: November 1, 2021
Ontario Energy Minister Todd Smith will give the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) its marching orders for phasing out gas-fired power during a public online speech to the agency on November 3rd.
We are counting on Minister Smith to direct the IESO to develop a plan to phase-out our gas plants ASAP at the lowest possible cost. After all, it was a Progressive Conservative (PC) government that started the move away from fossil fuels for the Ontario electricity system with the coal phase-out, and now a PC government can finish it by eliminating polluting gas power.
Here’s how. First, Mr. Smith needs to direct the IESO to develop a plan to return the gas plants’ pollution back to their 2017 level ASAP as requested by Ontario’s municipalities.
Second, Mr. Smith needs to direct the IESO to develop a plan to achieve a complete gas power phase-out by 2030.
We can achieve these dual goals and lower our electricity bills by implementing the following five step plan: