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The Perfect Storm in Favour of Green Power Why There Has Never Been A Better Time To Not Buy Nuclear Power
This backgrounder, prepared by the Renewable is Doable coalition, documents the changing conditions that are affecting electricity planning in Ontario and creating a favourable environment for the development of a green energy economy. Widely distributed to decision-makers and the media, the backgrounder draws attention to the unique opportunity to invest in green energy procurement and replace the aging Pickering B nuclear station with a portfolio of renewable energy sources, conservation programs, energy efficiency and clean energy technologies.
Ontario Bill 150, Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 was tabled at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on February 23, 2009. Read about the BIll and the expert analysis by the Green Energy Act Alliance. Submissions to the Ontario government standing committee have been made over the month of April, 2009.
As part of the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance (AEEA), the Pembina Institute contributed to the development of a discussion paper on building codes in Alberta. The paper compares Alberta to other leading provinces and includes suggestions from AEEA members on how best to increase energy efficiency considerations within the provincial building code.
The Pembina Institute, David Suzuki Foundation and World Wildlife Fund-Canada submitted comments to the Government of Ontario on the development of a Cap-and-Trade system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario.
Plugging Ontario Into A Green Future demonstrates that the best opportunity to develop a green energy economy in Ontario is to allow sustainable sources of power to replace ageing nuclear reactors when they are scheduled to shut down beginning in 2013.
This renewable energy storage primer is the second in the series Making Renewable Energy a Priority. This primer focuses on the large-scale storage of electricity in order to bring more renewable power sources onto the grid.
This report, the sixth in a series of Ontario progress reports stresses the need for Ontario to integrate its fairly ambitious climate change targets into planning policy. Ontario has shown leadership in its land use planning policy and its stated commitments to addressing climate change, but problems and shortcomings in its approach may keep Ontario from meeting its own goals.
Letter to Minister Flaherty Re: Inclusion of Key Climate Change and Clean Energy Measures in the 2008 Budget
This letter was submitted to the federal Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, to urge him to include several key climate change and clean energy measures in the 2008 Budget. The measures include:
- establishing an adequate price on greenhouse gas emissions (carbon pricing) and
- ensuring renewable energy and energy efficiency become a primary focus of Canada's long term energy supply and demand strategy.
Primary Authors: Ray Tomalty, Mark Anielski and Don Alexander
Secondary Authors: Jeffrey Wilson, Alexandra Jozsa, Murtaza Haider, Daniel Casey and Federico Cartin-Artega
Project Director: Mark Winfield
This study provides a snapshot of the sustainability of selected communities across Ontario in recent years. The study employs 33 indicators in three broad categories (smart growth, livability and economic vitality) to develop an overall community sustainability index for 27 Ontario municipalities. The municipalities include major cities, regional municipalities and medium- and smaller-sized cities from across the province. The objective of the report is to inform and provide a basis of measurement for communities and the province for urban sustainability policies and program development. Report data in Excel format is included.
The Pembina Institute submitted comments on the OPA 2008-2010 CDM Program Portfolio and Chief Energy Conservation Officer 2008-2010 Fiscal and Regulatory Plan to the OPA Conservation Business Stakeholder Advisory Group for review.
Renewable is Doable: A Smarter Energy Plan for Ontario, Report No. 1 Analysis of Resource Potential and Scenario Assumptions
Renewable is Doable is a joint study by WWF-Canada and the Pembina Institute to identify electricity scenarios for Ontario that would meet future power demands without the use of nuclear power and coal, and that would generate lower greenhouse gas emissions than the plan currently proposed by the Ontario Power Authority. The study consists of two background reports.
This easy-to-read brochure summarizes the technical findings of the two reports: Analysis of Resource Potential and Scenario Assumptions and Analysis and Scenario Modelling of the Ontario Power System.
Renewable is Doable: A Smarter Energy Plan for Ontario, Report No. 2 Analysis and Scenario Modelling of the Ontario Power System
Renewable is Doable is a joint study by WWF-Canada and the Pembina Institute to identify electricity scenarios for Ontario that would meet future power demands without the use of nuclear power and coal, and that would generate lower greenhouse gas emissions than the plan currently proposed by the Ontario Power Authority. The study consists of two background reports
Nuclear proponents frequently claim that nuclear power is a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission free source of energy. In reality, GHGs are released at each stage of the nuclear energy cycle. While the GHG emission profile of nuclear power looks attractive when compared with conventional fossil fuel sources, it is far from zero.
This summary highlights the key points from the Pembina Institute's comprehensive study examining the environmental impacts of the use of nuclear energy for electricity generation in Canada through each of the four major stages of nuclear energy production.
The Pembina Institute's analysis of the 2007 Ontario Budget is focussed on two areas with major climate change implications: transportation infrastructure and urban development in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region; and electricity and energy issues. Although the budget maintains previously announced investments in public transit, and adds some modest funding for residential energy efficiency audits, on the whole its contents in relation to the environment and climate change are disappointing. Several counterproductive investments figure prominently in the budget.
This study examines the environmental impacts of the use of nuclear energy for electricity generation in Canada through each of the four major stages of nuclear energy production: uranium mining and milling; uranium refining, conversion and fuel fabrication; nuclear power plant operation; and waste fuel management. It is intended to inform public debate over the future role of nuclear energy in Canada, and to facilitate comparisons of nuclear energy with other potential energy sources.
This report updates the Pembina Institute's 2001 publication A Comparison of Combustion Technologies for Electricity Generation, republished in 2004 as Appendix 4 in Power for the Future: Towards A Sustainable Electricity System in Ontario.
The report is the fifth in a series of studies by the Pembina Institute on provincial legislation and policy affecting urban development in southern Ontario, focusing on provincial government initiatives between June 2005 and June 2006. The report assesses the government's overall progress on urban sustainability and smart growth issues, and highlights priority areas for action over the coming year.
The Ontario government released the final approved Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan (please visit www.pir.gov.on.ca) on June 16, 2006. The Plan came into force on that date.
The Pembina Institute is concerned that the Growth Plan has evolved from its original bold vision for stopping sprawl, improving air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting natural areas and prime agricultural lands, and safeguarding sources of drinking water towards being an affirmation of "business as usual" development.
This report outlines a Quick Start energy efficiency strategy for Ontario. Drawing on the experience in the US with successful state level energy efficiency programs, the report outlines three cross cutting initiatives and nine specific programs to be undertaken in Ontario. Total estimated savings resulting from the programs would be the equivalent of 4500MW of generating capacity, over and above existing programs.
This document reviews the Supply Mix Advice Report released by the Ontario Power Authority in December 2005. The Power Authority recommended investments of up $83 billion in new electricity supply in Ontario. The Pembina Institute's submission challenges many of the assumptions underlying the OPA's recommendations.
This study assesses Ontario's progress in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy and replacing coal-fired electricity generation against the 20 recommendations made in the Pembina Institute's May 2004 study: Power for the Future: Towards A Sustainable Electricity System for Ontario.
This study is a detailed review of the implementation of smart growth planning policies in three Ontario Municipalities: the City of Ottawa, the Region of Waterloo and York Region. The case studies assessed each municipality's formal policies and, to the extent possible, recent planning and infrastructure investment decisions against eleven criteria reflecting smart growth principles.
This report assesses the progress of the government of Ontario on 'smart growth' and urban sustainability issues since October 2003, focusing on the areas of land-use planning, infrastructure funding, fiscal and taxation issues and governance structures.
This study examines the potential contributions of energy efficiency policies and low-impact renewable energy sources to meeting future electricity demand in Ontario. The study finds that grid demand could be reduced by nearly 50% relative to business as usual projections by 2020 through a combination of energy efficiency and demand response programs, fuel switching, and increased cogeneration. The remaining grid demand could be met through a combination of new low-impact renewable energy sources and combined cycle natural gas generating facilities.
Submission to the Standing Committee on General Government Regarding Bill 27, the Greenbelt Protection Act
This submission was presented to the Standing Committee on General Government of the Ontario Legislature on May 31, 2004. The submission includes a map outlining the proposed highway extensions for the Greater Toronto Area and the Niagara Regions.
This paper provides an overview of the preliminary findings of the Pembina Institute and Canadian Environmental Law Association Ontario Sustainable Electricity Project. The findings with respect to the potential impact of energy efficiency measurs on future electricity demand in the province are highlighted.
This report outlines the environmental and economic costs of urban sprawl in southern Ontario. The report assesses existing provincial policies in Ontario against a provincial policy framework that reflects smart growth principles and highlights six key areas for action by the province.
The study examines the relationships between air quality, climate change and urban development issues in an Ontario context. The paper highlights the potential for 'smart growth' policies to generate mutually reinforcing benefits with respect to GHG emissions, air quality, the protection of ecologically significant areas and prime agricultural lands, reduced infrastructure costs, and increased transportation efficiencies. Existing provincial policies related to land-use planning, infrastructure funding, fiscal and taxation matters, sustainable energy and regional governance are also assessed against a potential smart growth strategy for Ontario.
This brief, filed under Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights, responds to the February 2003 report of the Ontario government's central region smart growth panel.
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