Opinion Editorials

 

Posted on December 9, 2016

Ontario Energy Board Approves Largest Utility Merger in Ontario’s History

On Thursday, December 8th the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued its decision regarding the Merger Application that would combine four local distribution companies – PowerStream, Enersource, Horizon Utilities and Hydro One Brampton into the second largest distribution company in Ontario – second only to Hydro One.... read more

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Posted on December 1, 2016

Ontario’s Commitment To Nuclear Is Good News For Jobs and Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Pickering Station generates... read more

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Posted on July 13, 2016

PWU News Release: Study Finds Increased Electricity Imports from Quebec an Expensive Option for Ontario

Toronto –13, July, 2016 –The Power Worker’s Union (PWU) has released a study by Strategic Policy Economics (Strapolec) that demonstrates increasing firm electricity imports from Quebec would be an imprudent and expensive option for Ontario. Historically, Ontario has exported and imported significant amounts of electricity to and from Manitoba, Quebec, Michigan and New York. Such exchanges ensure that Ontario has sufficient reliable energy and capacity to meet its needs.... read more

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Posted on June 10, 2016

​An Environmental and Economic Centrepiece for Canada

Recent announcements by the Federal and Ontario governments demonstrate our decision-makers are increasingly recognizing the environmental and economic benefits of electric vehicles (EVs).   Powering zero-emission vehicles with domestically produced, clean, low-carbon electricity is the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and smog causing pollutants from Canada’s largest emitting sector – transportation.  It is an effective way to generate... read more

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Posted on June 1, 2016

PWU Letter to the Editor - Toronto Star - “In Defence of Pickering Nuclear”

Monday’s anti-Pickering Nuclear Station Extension editorial diatribe by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) is typical of their “dreamweaver”-like campaigns — heavy with the spectre of environmental disaster and fast and loose with the facts.

The Pickering Nuclear Station is licensed and its operations, including emergency preparedness, are overseen by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), an independent regulator. The CNSC has 70 years of experience and is highly regarded internationally.

Additionally, the Pickering Nuclear Station, owned by Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a provincial Crown corporation, routinely provides... read more

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Posted on April 28, 2016

Workplace Fatalities Should be Unacceptable in Modern Society

According to the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) statistics, every year in Ontario, 250 to 300 workers lose their lives as a result of traumatic workplace accidents and occupational illnesses. In 2014, almost 200,000 accident claims... read more

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Posted on April 13, 2016

Sustainable Biomass— An Emerging Ontario Opportunity for Carbon Reduction, Jobs And Innovation

Ontario’s recent biomass investments in the Thunder Bay area recognize the significant economic and environmental benefits this energy source delivers and better positions our province to compete in the rapidly emerging global bio-economy. The European Union (EU) developed its first biomass strategy in 2005 citing improved energy security, job creation,... read more

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Posted on January 14, 2016

Ontario Delivers Good News For Jobs and Greenhouse Gas Reductions

The Ontario government’s announcement supporting the extended operation of the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Pickering Nuclear Generating Station by four years to 2025 is good news for the province’s environment and economy. This latest statement is further evidence of the province’s continuing commitment to achieving more greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, securing a long-term, Ontario-based electricity supply, mitigating rising electricity costs, and supporting and creating good jobs.... read more

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Posted on January 13, 2016

Nuclear Power in Ontario

Ontario’s nuclear industry supports a strong economy and provides low-cost electricity for families and businesses.... read more

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Posted on November 17, 2015

Extending the Operation of Pickering GS

Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from Ontario’s electricity sector are expected to more than double from 2014 levels, and could negate the reductions already achieved by closing the province’s coal stations. Ontario’s growing dependence upon carbon-emitting natural gas-fired generation in the next decade is particularly concerning as more and more of this fuel comes from environmentally-questionable shale gas. Carbon pricing, likely in the form of a Cap and Trade program with Quebec and California, will bring new cost pressures for residential, commercial and industrial electricity consumers if Ontario’s carbon emissions rise.

In the coming months, as the province’s 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan is being updated, Ontario’s decision makers will need to address these and some other critical challenges. Besides meeting the province’s GHG targets and ensuring system reliability, Ontarians will expect to see rising electricity prices kept in check and a healthy and expanding economy that sustains existing jobs and creates new ones.... read more

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