Submissions

The PWU is an engaged stakeholder in Ontario’s Electricity Sector and participates fully in all of the industries formal processes.

Electrification Pathways Report

A new report by Strategic Policy Economics (Strapolec) shows that Ontario faces an electricity supply shortage and reliability risks in the next four to eight years and will not meet net zero objectives without building new low-emission, nuclear generation starting as soon as possible.   Download the report here

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Biomass and Forestry Action Plan

Ontario is developing a Biomass and Forestry Action Plan to sustainably grow the sector and create jobs for local communities in the north. The PWU recommends that the Atikokan GS be included in the plan as a possible accelerator of the action plan’s goals. The importance to the area of the biomass fueled Atikokan GS […]

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Federal Clean Fuel Standard

The federal Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) is an important element of Canada’s climate plan, particularly for the electrification and decarbonization of the transportation sector. The CFS provides incentives to switch away from liquid carbon-intensive fuels (e.g. oil). The PWU provided inputs for the CFS to properly emphasize the value of domestic clean electricity in EV […]

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May Resource Adequacy Engagement

IESO is developing an information guide to clarify to stakeholders how IESO is approaching Ontario’s future electricity supply.  The PWU identified the need for clarity on how baseload and daily demand supply will be procured including timelines and the principles for decision making and setting of capacity targets. The PWU emphasized that the current approach […]

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Gas Phase Out

As many municipalities press to phase out gas-fired generation in Ontario, the IESO is evaluating the implications of options to do so. The PWU recommended that IESO focus on emission reduction not the gas plants themselves, consider electricity demand growth from decarbonizing the economy, incorporate the full carbon price on gas-fired generation, and enable low […]

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Northwestern Integrated Regional Resource Plan (NW IRRP) Submission

The IESO has initiated development of the NW IRRP and is seeking inputs to help build a forecast for the region’s needs. The PWU recommended that IESO factor in electrification due to climate action as laid out by the Thunder Bay Net Zero Strategy and recognize the important role of the emission benefits and critical […]

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Submission on IESO’s Resource Adequacy Engagement – April 2021

With Pickering Nuclear ceasing operations in 2025 and new procurement mechanisms to rely on 3-year procurement contracts, Ontario risks being left without long-term, cost-effective, viable supply solutions. In this submission, the PWU recommends IESO advance long-term competitive mechanisms to better leverage existing resources while seeking new resources and meet both the urgent mid-term capacity shortfall […]

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Submission to the IESO on Enabling Resources

The IESO is exploring the expanded participation of various resources in the IESO markets as potential sources of additional capacity to help meet the looming capacity gap in 2026, left by the closure of the Pickering Nuclear Station. The PWU recommends that the IESO first clearly define these needs, fully explore the capabilities of Atikokan […]

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Submission to the MENDM on Eliminating Renewable Energy Requirements

Years after the Ontario government officially ended the Green Economy Act and the associated prioritization of renewable energy projects, legislation and regulations continue to enforce these outdated policy positions. In this submission, the PWU supports repealing several such biases of the Electricity Act, 1998 and the OEB Act, 1998 to bring clarity to Ontario’s electricity […]

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PWU to the Update to the Ministry of Transportation’s Statement of Environmental Values

The PWU supports a sustainable, environmentally-responsible transportation sector that includes addressing climate change as a priority. We are encouraged by the Ministry’s shared vision and support the Ministry’s initiative to update their Statement of Environmental Values (SEV). Download PDF

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CNSC Submission to Renew the Darlington Site Preparation License – May 2021

Supporting the CNSC recommendation to extend the Power Reactor Site Preparation License for the Darlington New Nuclear Project. A renewed license will permit OPG to continue the process of planning and development of new nuclear generation at the Darlington site. View PDF

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Submission on Ontario’s Long Term Energy Planning Framework

Ontario’s commitment to replace Pickering with renewed natural gas-fired generation contracts is increasing emissions and putting the reliability of the electricity system at risk. In this submission to the government’s energy planning reform consultation, the PWU recommends placing environment, jobs, and energy security at the top of the procurement agenda, and seriously considering how new […]

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Submission on IESO’s Resource Adequacy Engagement – March 2021

With Pickering Nuclear ceasing operations in 2025 and new procurement mechanisms not being ready until that year, Ontario risks being left without cost-effective, viable supply solutions. In this submission, the PWU recommends IESO accelerate the procurement timeline for new low-emitting resources, and seek solutions to broader system needs beyond capacity alone. View PDF

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PWU Long Term Energy Plan 2017 Submission

The Power Workers’ Union (“PWU”) represents a large portion of the employees working in Ontario’s electricity industry. The PWU is committed to participating in public consultations to contribute to the development of energy policy that ensures a robust and sustainable electricity system and competitively priced electricity for Ontario consumers, and to ensure transparency and stakeholder […]

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Pre-Budget Submission, 2015

2015 Pre-Budget Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, Legislative Assembly of Ontario   View as PDF

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