Hydro Costs

Hydro Costs

Electricity

  • Achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050 with the following measures:
  • Pursue all cost effective energy conservation and efficiency options that can meet our electricity needs, engaging with municipalities, co-ops, Indigenous communities, electric and gas utilities, energy-efficient appliance and equipment manufacturers and distributors and other corporations, to Cancel programs that subsidize electricity rates for upper income consumers, while keeping targeted relief programs for those who need them.
  • Aggressively pursue the development of a smart grid, which will modernize and streamline Ontario’s electricity generation and distribution system, making it more efficient, lower in GHG emissions, and ready to take advantage of cutting-edge technology.
  • Prioritize investments in reducing demand through energy efficiency and conservation efforts before turning to new sources of generation as the lowest cost and most effective way to achieve a 100% renewable energy goal.
  • Provide support for municipalities to develop and implement community energy plans.
  • Ensure all publicly funded provincial institutions in Ontario adopt a prioritization strategy for a “cleaner, leaner, greener” approach to energy, especially reducing the use of fossil fuels.
  • Establish a green revolving fund to use savings from energy conservation to invest in additional GHG reduction efforts.
  • Establish public reporting requirements for all publicly funded provincial institutions to be accountable for the energy they use.
  • Introduce educational funds for learning by doing for renewable energy systems in post secondary institutions, allowing colleges and universities to build their own renewable energy and electric vehicle charging facilities and use them to make money, lower bills, and to create practical living laboratories for their students and teachers.

Nuclear

  • Conduct an independent review of costs, benefits and alternatives of all forms of electricity generation including the costs of building infrastructure and dealing with waste products, and make the results public.
  • Say no to the electricity price increases requested by Ontario Power Generation to finance the multi-billion price tag of rebuilding the Darlington nuclear station.
  • Place a moratorium on rebuilding any nuclear plant until an independent public review of costs and alternatives is conducted.
  • Shut down the Pickering Nuclear Power Station when its operating license expires in August 2018. Immediately start to decommission and deconstruct the plant will create 16,000 jobs and save up to $1.2 billion. Decommissioning and dismantling it could create 32,000 person-years of direct and indirect employment between now and 2030.
  • Keep the existing stations at Bruce nuclear and Darlington nuclear to the end of their current operating lives without spending additional dollars to rebuild them and in turn avoid Ontario’s nuclear plants becoming expensive stranded assets
  • Cancel plans that bury nuclear waste near the Great Lakes or major river systems. Recent examples of these include the proposed Deep Geologic Repository on the shores of Lake Huron and the Chalk River waste site near the Ottawa River.
  • Conduct an independent, public review of storage options for nuclear waste.