Giant new gas plant proposed for Toronto’s western edge
Ontario Power Generation wants to build a large new gas plant (265 megawatts) in Halton Hills. This new gas plant could produce as much air pollution as 250,000 cars each year. This will lead to more illnesses (e.g., asthma attacks, heart and lung diseases) for GTA residents and more climate damage everywhere.
It doesn’t make sense to build a new polluting gas power plant in Halton Hills when we have much cleaner and lower cost options to meet our electricity needs.
According to the Royal Bank of Canada, Ontario can completely avoid the need for new gas plants and save $500 million per year by investing in technologies to increase our energy efficiency and shift electricity demand from peak to off-peak periods.
Ontario’s demand for electricity peaks on hot summer days when our air-conditioners are running full out. But Quebec’s demand for electricity peaks on cold winter nights since most of its homes are electrically heated. As a result, Quebec has a huge surplus of waterpower available to export to Ontario during the summer to power our air conditioners on hot summer days.
We can also avoid the need for new gas plants by investing in wind and solar energy. For example, offshore wind power deployed in the four Great Lakes bordering this province could meet all of Ontario’s electricity needs.
Fortunately, Energy Minister Todd Smith has stated that municipal approval is necessary for the building of new gas plants. This means that the Town of Halton Hills has the power to say “no” to Ontario Power Generation’s proposal to increase smog and climate pollution.
Ontario Power Generation (a.k.a. Atura Power) will be making a presentation about its proposed new polluting gas plant at the Monday, October 30th Halton Hills Town Council meeting at 3 p.m. Our own Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance Chair, will also be presenting. Tune in!
Please send Mayor Ann Lawlor and Halton Hills Town Council a message urging them to vote against more polluting gas power in their community.
Thanks for your help!
Angela Bischoff, Director