As part of the Ministry of Energy’s review of the Long-Term Energy Plan, Ontarians were asked how the government should balance ratepayer costs, electricity system reliability and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Completing the refurbishment of all of the nuclear reactors at the Darlington and Bruce Nuclear Generating Stations;
- Building two new reactors at the Darlington site;
- Recycling the provincially-owned coal generating stations at Nanticoke, Lambton and Thunder Bay to use biomass and/or natural gas;
- Pursuing opportunities to expand and develop Ontario’s remaining commercially-viable hydroelectric potential;
- Setting realistic conservation targets;
- Immediately curtailing wind and solar generation developments;
- Renewing aging transmission and distribution infrastructure;
- Facilitating the deployment of smart grid technology for zero-emission electric vehicles; and
- Training the skilled people that will be needed to operate and maintain the increasingly high-tech electricity system.
These actions also happen to be the best way to spur manufacturing growth and innovation and expedite economic recovery in Ontario.