TORONTO, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - In response to the provincial government's new Long-Term Energy Plan
(LTEP), Ontario's energy professionals say the plan is a low-voltage
"The Society of Energy Professionals supports the government's decisions
to continue with plans for nuclear refurbishment at Darlington and
Bruce Power, maintain Pickering until 2020, and move forward with the
conversion of the Thunder Bay Generating Station from coal to advanced
biomass," said Scott Travers, president of the 8,000-member union that
represents professional employees at public and private employers in
Ontario's energy sector.
While those initiatives are positive, some of the news is not so rosy.
Deferral of nuclear new build, while better than cancelling it
entirely, represents a problematic approach to long-term planning in
the energy sector.
"Nuclear reactors aren't built overnight so if we defer nuclear and need
a quick fix later the only choice will be fossil fuel sources like
gas," said Joe Fierro, Vice President of The Society of Energy
Professionals' Ontario Power Generation Local. "The supply mix in the
LTEP is more hopeful than pragmatic given that conservation programs
continue to underperform existing targets. The LTEP also glosses over
the need for wind and solar power to be backed up by stable and
flexible energy sources like gas that will, unlike nuclear, increase Ontario's greenhouse gas emissions."
Wind and solar will increase their share of the total energy production
by 7% in the LTEP. Given the unreliable nature of wind and solar, an
equal amount of stable forms of power must be generated, whether
through hydroelectric or greenhouse gas-emitting sources such as gas.
Due to this reality, it is unclear that there are sufficient quantities
of stable power included in total production to backstop the increase
"Energy decisions should be made by experts based on all available
evidence," said Travers. "The best venue for decisions on the energy
supply mix, among other issues, is the Ontario Energy Board. Only at
the OEB can core assumptions of the LTEP be tested, such as cost
effectiveness and forecasting dramatically increased levels of
The Society of Energy Professionals' submission to the LTEP public
consultation process is available here.
The Society of Energy Professionals represents 8,000 knowledge workers
and supervisors employed by 13 employers that are responsible for the
generation, transmission and regulation of energy in Ontario in both
the broader public and private sectors.
SOURCE: The Society of Energy Professionals
For further information:
Scott Travers, President, Society of Energy Professionals: (416) 729-8818, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler, Communications Officer, Society of Energy Professionals: (647) 500-2394, email@example.com