Energy Efficiency Advocate Highlights McGuinty Government's Commitment
TORONTO, Aug. 12 /CNW/ -
Ontario's commitment to energy conservation scores an "A" on the latest
report card from a national non-profit group that promotes energy efficiency.
Ontario's grade on the 2007 report card from the Canadian Energy
Efficiency Alliance - released today - is just the latest in a string of
improved scores, reflecting the province's ongoing commitment to conservation
as the cornerstone of a long-term energy plan.
The Alliance highlights Ontario's work on conservation so far, including
the province's plan to save 6,300 megawatts of electricity by 2025. To date,
Ontario has reached its first interim target: a 1,350 MW reduction in peak
demand by the end of 2007, and is working toward another 1,350 MW reduction by
2010. "Solid grades," the report points out. "But even more encouraging is
what is in the pipeline for the future - Ontario appears to be taking Energy
Efficiency VERY seriously."
"Ontario has worked very hard over the past five years to become a
jurisdiction that leads on energy conservation and achieves results," said
George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.
"We are setting tough long-term and intermediate targets and investing many
millions of dollars to make a real difference in the lives of Ontarians. It's
great to see those efforts recognized."
"We should savour these results but we should also avoid becoming
complacent," said Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer.
"Much remains to be done to meet our ambitious conservation targets for 2010
and 2025 and to create the 'culture of conservation' that Ontario needs."
- Other energy saving initiatives of the McGuinty government include:
- Banning inefficient light bulbs by 2012
- Supporting homeowners with the $112 million Ontario Home Energy
Audit and Retrofit programs which cover half the cost of an energy
audit (up to $150) and provide access to up to $10,000 in combined
provincial and federal grants
- Helping the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors adopt
a clean, renewable option through the $14.4 million Ontario Solar
Thermal Heating Incentive (OSTHI)
- Extending point-of-sale retail sales tax exemption for
ENERGY STAR(R) products (e.g., light bulbs, refrigerators, and
- Installing smart meters across the province by the end of 2010.
- Supporting Ontario Power Authority programs, such as the Great
Refrigerator Round Up, peaksaver, Cool Savings Rebate and Every
Kilowatt Counts Summer Sweepstakes programs
View the 2007 Report Card
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Look into ways to conserve electricity, save money and help cut
greenhouse gas emissions on the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure website
(http://www.energy.gov.on.ca/) at www.energy.gov.on.ca
Learn more about the status of the Integrated Power System Supply Plan
<a href="http://www.oeb.gov.on.ca/OEB/Industry+Relations/OEB+Key+Initiatives/Integrated+Power+System+Plan+(IPSP)+Review">d+Power+System+Plan+(IPSP)+Review</a>) on the Ontario Energy Board's website at
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For further information:
For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 327-6747;
Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Communications Branch, (416) 327-4334