Making Connections Straight Talk About Electricity in Ontario 2018 Energy Conservation Progress Report, Volume One
In 2005, Ontario’s electricity system was a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and smog.
In 2017, Ontario’s system was 96% emission-free. Ontario’s clean electricity system is the key to our energy future…
April 2018 The Honourable Dave Levac Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario Room 180, Legislative Building Legislative Assembly Province of Ontario Queen’s Park Dear Speaker, In accordance with section 58.1 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR), I am pleased to present Volume One of the 2018 Energy Conservation Progress Report of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario for your submission to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The 2018 Energy Conservation Progress Report, my independent, non-partisan review of Ontario’s progress in conserving energy, will be issued in two separate volumes. This first volume examines the impacts of Ontario’s transition to a low-carbon electricity system. The second volume, to be released later in 2018, will focus on the progress of energy conservation programs in 2016. In summary, Ontario can be proud of its cleaner, more reliable electricity system, and the resulting improvement in air quality and public health. Since 2005, we have taken the first, indispensable steps in building a low-carbon economy: conservation and minimizing fossil fuel use in electricity generation. Looking ahead, much more conservation and low-carbon electricity will be needed to displace fossil fuels as the climate crisis continues to worsen. Ontario is not yet preparing seriously for this future. Sincerely,
Dianne Saxe Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
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O N TA R I O ’ S T R A N S I T I O N T O A L O W - C A R B O N E L E C T R I C I T Y S Y S T E M Q1 What’s this report about?
Q2 How does Ontario make decisions about its sources of electricity?
Q3 How and why has Ontario’s electricity demand changed?
Q4 Where does our electricity come from and how has the supply mix changed?
I M PAC T O N T H E E L E C T R I C I T Y S YS T E M Q5 Has Ontario’s electricity system become more reliable and able to m eet peak demand?
Q6 How does Ontario deal with the variability of wind and solar e lectricity output?
Q7 Why does Ontario export and curtail so much electricity?
I M PAC T O N E L E C T R I C I T Y P R I C E S Q8 How high are Ontario electricity prices?
Q9 What do higher electricity costs pay for?
Making Connections: Straight Talk About Electricity in Ontario
I M PAC T O N T H E E N V I R O N M E N T Q10 What are the environmental impacts of Ontario’s electricity sources?
Q11 How much have the coal phase-out, renewable electricity, and conservation reduced greenhouse gas emissions?
Q12 How much did the coal shutdown reduce pollution in Ontario?
O N TA R I O ’ S E L E C T R I C I T Y F U T U R E Q13 What does the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan propose for Ontario’s electricity future?
Q14 What are the consequences of the Long-Te