We need an unbiased assessment of ending gas-fired generation
Published On: June 9, 2021
We need your voice to support our call for a thorough and fact-based examination of how Ontario can phase out gas-fired electricity generation.
The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) – in response to a wave of resolutions from municipalities(29 and counting!) that are calling for an end to gas power generation to protect our climate – has announced an assessment of the feasibility of phasing out gas. That’s the good news. The bad news is that right now the IESO seems more interested in justifying the need to continue burning gas rather than examining alternatives, if the letters it has sent to municipalities and posted on its website are any indication.
There is a lot at stake: Ontario could lose approximately 40% of the greenhouse gas emission reductions it achieved by ending coal burning if it sticks with its current plan to massively increase the use of gas instead of phasing it out. And the province will not be able to meet even its weak climate targets, let alone get to where we need to be to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, without phasing out gas use.