Frequently Asked Questions
Ontario should commit to 100% renewable energy to fight climate change, lower our energy bills, empower our communities and eliminate the risks and radioactive waste produced by nuclear reactors.
No. Ontario would join a growing global movement of communities that have pledged to go 100% renewable by mid-century.
Prior to last year’s Paris climate summit, over 1000 communities committed to transition to 100% renewable energy.
In the United States, 17 cities, including San Francisco, San Diego, and Boulder, have already committed to go 100% renewable.
Countries such as Costa Rica have also pledged to go 100% renewable.
Yes. In 2015, the City of Vancouver committed to go 100% renewable.
And in Ontario, Oxford County pledged to go 100% renewable earlier this year.
In pledging to go 100% renewable, Oxford County’s Warden, David Mayberry, said: “Through this action we challenge other municipalities to join us and cities around the globe in committing to 100% renewable energy as an achievable and responsible goal.”
No. Financial analysts acknowledge that thanks to rapid innovation in both technology and scaling up of renewable energy efforts, renewable energy technologies have come of age.
For instance, Citibank recently declared the world has entered the “age of renewables”.
And many big companies also see where the world is going. Among many others, the Bank of America and General Motors have committed to go 100% renewable.
Costs for renewable energy are dropping rapidly, while costs for nuclear power steadily increase.
Yes. We already produce about a quarter of our electricity from large hydro stations like Niagara Falls.
With the cost of renewables dropping, we can continue to develop sources like wind, solar and biogas. We also have the option of importing low-cost hydro power Quebec.
But fighting climate change also means we must reduce our energy consumption through conservation and efficiency programs.
A recent government study found Ontario could cost effectively reduce electricity demand by 31% by 2035.
The first step is to get the Ontario government to consider transitioning to 100% renewables to create an incentive for government energy planners to start to develop policies to get us there.
Oxford County’s energy plan sums up the road ahead: “Our transition to 100% renewable energy in Oxford County will be neither a simple nor straight path forward, but we believe it is effectively a foregone conclusion.”
Absolutely. In a recent opinion poll, 81% said we should continue to develop renewable energy sources. With renewable energy costs falling rapidly and creating new economic opportunities in Ontario, it's not surprising that people here want to be part of the worldwide trend toward green energy.
First and foremost, we need to acknowledge that shifting to 100% renewables is a feasible option that we should be planning for.
Ontario’s politicians and government electricity planners think renewables can only play a marginal role in our energy system. This mindset needs to change.
Second, we need to change the priorities embedded in Ontario’s energy policy.
These policies are designed to protect Ontario’s existing antiquated power system, which is based on large power producers selling power to energy consumers. In short, consumers have little control over energy supplies.
We need to turn our current top-down energy policies on their head. Instead of supporting big dirty power plants, energy policy needs to empower everyone from citizens, co-ops and schools to municipalities, small businesses and First Nations communities to become energy producers.
There is no requirement in Ontario’s current energy plan for nuclear megaprojects to be cost-effective or even to be independently reviewed.
This sweetheart deal means nuclear projects will proceed even if green alternatives are more affordable.
And the lack of independent review means there’s no way to make politicians accountable for their decisions.
This lack of transparency and public review protects nuclear producers from demonstrating their projects are a more desirable choice than renewable energy, conservation and additional hydro imports from Quebec.
Tell the Ontario government you want Ontario to transition to 100% renewable energy.
Ontario’s Ministry of Energy recently announced it will tour the province between October and December to seek input on its next Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP).
You can contribute by making submissions online or at public consultations across the province in Toronto, Sudbury, Barrie, Kenora, Thunder Bay, Peterborough, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins St. Catharines, Guelph, Pembroke, Ottawa, Kingston, Windsor, Kitchener, London and Mississauga.
For more information see: http://www.energy.gov.on.ca/en/ltep/public-consultations/
The LTEP lays out a twenty-year plan on how decisions should be made on where Ontario gets its energy. It’s reviewed approximately every three years.
The government’s three previous LTEPs focused only on what Ontario has always done: balancing supply from large, centralized power stations with projected demand across the province.
To effectively fight climate change, Ontario’s next LTEP needs to acknowledge we could transition to 100% renewable energy and focus on empowering Ontarians and communities to generate power locally with renewable energy.
First, the next LTEP should ensure Ontario puts conservation first and reduces demand through conservation or efficiency programs wherever possible.
Second, the next LTEP should take advantage the declining cost of renewable energy by giving citizens and communities the tools to empower themselves with renewable energy.
Third, it should ensure renewables get a fair shot by coming clean on the true costs of currently planned nuclear projects.
Tell Ontario you want a 100% renewable future during the current energy plan consultations by making a written submission or participating in a public consultation.
Organizations can show support by endorsing the 100% renewable energy declaration here.
Organizations advocating for 100% renewable energy are producing backgrounders and organizing webinars for people that want to learn more.
If you’re interested in learning more let us know.