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Conservation first or nuclear first?

Ontario Clean Air Alliance / 15 October 2015

Someone needs to tell our provincial government that they can’t have it both ways. They can’t pay only a couple of cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for energy efficiency initiatives while agreeing to pay close to 9 cents a kWh for power from a rebuilt Darlington Nuclear Station and still say they are putting Conservation First.

To really put Conservation First we have to pay for all efficiency measures that are lower cost than rebuilding old nuclear reactors. Offering just over 2 cents for efficiency while agreeing to pay almost 9 cents for nuclear power flies in the face of simple logic and official Ontario policy.

If the government is intent on letting Ontario Power Generation spend tens of billions of dollars re-building Darlington’s four aging reactors, then it should be even more ready to spend on efficiency measures that will lower our electricity bills and minimize the need for Darlington’s high-cost power.

We know there is huge untapped potential for efficiency if we are willing to pay a fair price. And we know that paying for efficiency will save us billions compared to the cost of rebuilding old reactors.

To learn more, click here to download our new report: Putting Conservation First Into Practice: The Next Two Steps.

Please click here to send a message to Premier Wynne and Energy Minister Chiarelli asking them to put Conservation First, not Nuclear First.

Help plug Ontario into low-cost power from Quebec

Ontario Clean Air Alliance / Angela Bischoff / 24 June 2015

qb2015-pamphlet-1-219x350Ontario is on the cusp of a mega-billion dollar disaster. The government is steaming ahead with plans to rebuild 10 aging nuclear reactors despite the fact that everyone knows these projects will cost billions more than budgeted and that nuclear represents yesterday’s technology.

Meanwhile, a far better solution to meeting our electricity needs is sitting right next door. Quebec has a growing surplus of clean water power and it needs new customers for its low-cost power. If Ontario signed a long-term deal with Quebec, we could save tens of billions of dollars on our electricity bills compared to paying for power from rebuilt nukes.

With energy efficiency improving rapidly, energy demand steadily decreasing, and the cost of renewable technologies like solar and wind falling like a rock, it makes no sense to lock into inflexible high-cost nuclear power for the next 30-60 years.

We need your help to get Premier Kathleen Wynne to see there is a better way to meet this province’s electricity needs than by squandering tens of billions of dollars on outdated nuclear plants:

  • Please sign our petition calling on the Premier to make a deal with Quebec rather than rebuild 10 nuclear reactors. This is a important turning point for our province and we need our provincial government to make the right decision. Sign now!
  • You can also help by distributing our new pamphlet comparing the benefits of Quebec water power to high-cost nuclear. You can order them from our website or just email me with a request for copies. Order a few dozen for your friends and family or a few hundred for your neighbours and local cafes. They’re free!

Getting Ontarians moving while saving them money

Talk Ontario / 11 February 2015


Ontario is looking for ways to address its massive infrastructure deficit and catch up on long overdue investments in everything from transit to bridges. The answer lies in refocusing its electricity system away from high-cost nuclear and toward lower cost water power imports from Quebec.

By cancelling the already over budget Darlington Re-Build Project, the province can free up $12.9 to $32 billion of government money that can be invested in transportation infrastructure instead.


Open letter to Premier Wynne re: Bruce Power deal

Ontario Clean Air Alliance / 13 January 2015

Dear Premier Wynne:

Since December 2013 the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and Bruce Power have been secretly negotiating a long-term electricity supply contract to finance the re-building of the aging Bruce B Nuclear Station reactors.

If this deal is signed it will be largest private sector contract ever signed by the Government of Ontario. According to our estimates, it would cost the province’s electricity consumers between $60 billion and $111 billion over thirty years and it would ensure that Ontario remains dependent on higher cost nuclear energy until 2050 and beyond.

The Bruce B Nuclear Station is owned by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (61.38%), TransCanada Corporation (31.6%), the Power Workers’ Union (5.26%) and the Society of Energy Professionals (1.75%).

The OPA’s employees are members of the Society of Energy Professionals.

It is our submission that the proposed Bruce B Re-Build contract should be publicly reviewed by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to determine if it is in the best interests of Ontario’s electricity consumers. In particular, an OEB review is necessary to answer the following questions:

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