As of October 2007, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) had contracted for 10,636 megawatts (MW) of new electricity supply. This amount is equivalent to 165% of Ontario’s current coal-fired generation capacity (6,434 MW). Given that the vast majority of this new supply will be online in the next two to three years, these figures show that we will be able to phase out coal in 2010 and still have plenty of power to keep the lights on.
Here are some recent factsheets and reports on Ontario’s coal phase out progress:
Replacing coal-fired electricity: Ontario has secured large quantities of new supply, but needs to pick up the pace on conservation and demand management.
Ontario’s Peak Electricity Demand Falls Almost 5% in 2007: 8 Utilities Win Peak Buster Awards News release
Rolling the Dice: A Review of the Ontario Power Authority’s High-Risk Strategy to Meet Our Electricity Needs