Advance a Draft Resolution at Council - Provides an opportunity to advance energy literacy and awareness building within Councils. Council endorsed recommendations to the Province will play a critical role in building provincial support for such an action. Jack Gibbons from Clean Air Coalition (firstname.lastname@example.org) is available to provide deputations as can Gaby from Clean Air Partnership (email@example.com). Below are the municipalities that have passed resolutions from their Councils.
Ontario's Natural Gas Decisions
Jack Gibbons from the Ontario Clean Air Alliance provided a presentation on the electricity decisions that will increase Ontario's electricity GHG emissions as a result of increased generation from natural gas plants. He also spoke to what this means for Ontario communities. Specifically, the lower cost and cleaner alternatives available to keep electricity bills low; the emerging distributed energy transition, and the objective of phasing out gas electricity generation in order to meet our 2030 GHG reduction targets.
Energy Decisions Follow Up:
The highlights re the Recommendations are:
1) Natural Gas Infrastructure Expansion: That transparency related to the cost-benefit of natural gas infrastructure expansion consider and provide information on:
2) Natural Gas Electricity Generation and Phase Out of Natural Gas in Electricity Generation by 2030: Concern about the implications of Ontario's decision to increase natural gas' contribution to Ontario's electricity production. Ontario phased out coal-powered electricity generation in order to address air pollution public health care costs and meet our 2020 GHG reduction target. Increased use of natural gas for electricity generation will greatly undermine Ontario's ability to meet our 2030 GHG reduction targets and will greatly diminish the ability of Ontario municipalities to achieve their climate commitments and targets. The recommendation that the Province makes a commitment to phase out natural gas electricity generation by 2030. This timeframe coincides with Ontario's 2030 GHG target date and approximately 90% of Ontario's contracted gas generation capacity will expire on or before 2030.
3) The Need to Invest in Local Energy Solutions
Municipalities would like to work with the province to develop an Energy Decision Making Matrix to help understand and compare potential options for meeting our energy needs. Some of the areas we would like to better understand include:
4) Climate Lens Application into Energy Decisions: Municipalities have been declaring climate emergencies and are working to apply a climate lens to their decision making. It would be logical for those entrenched in Ontario's energy system to also factor climate commitments and impacts into their decision making.