June 2, 2010
Toronto Mayoral candidates support CHP
Joe Pantalone, George Smitherman, Rocco Rossi and Sarah Thomson all support the installation of natural gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Toronto’s hospitals and multi-residential buildings to help meet our electricity needs according to their responses to an Ontario Clean Air Alliance mayoral candidates survey released today.
Combined heat and power (co-generation) plants use natural gas that is currently used for just heating to simultaneously produce both heat and electricity. This one efficiency measure would reduce Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and help Toronto meet more of its electricity needs locally. Furthermore, CHP would ensure hospitals sufficient back-up power in the event of a power blackout.
It has been three years since then-Minister of Energy Dwight Duncan directed the Ontario Power Authority to develop a standard offer (feed-in-tariff) program for combined heat and power projects in Ontario, which is still not in place.
To find out more about CHP and hospitals, check out Health Power.
Be sure to ask all your Council candidates what they think about the potential for CHP to reduce emissions and increase our security of supply.
Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246
P.S. Interested in volunteering for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance? Please contact me at Angela@cleanairalliance.org.