Ontario's Energy Update
Ontario is a leader in conservation and is moving forward with its plan to build a clean, modern reliable energy system that families and businesses can count on.
Since 2005, the province has conserved over 1,700 megawatts (MW) of power. That's the equivalent of over 500,000 homes being taken off the grid and saving over $3.8 billion. Building on this success, Ontario is taking steps to help families continue to reduce energy consumption, cut greenhouse gas emission and save money.
Public Sector Conservation:
On January 1, 2012, a new regulation under the Green Energy Act comes into effect that will require public agencies to report annually on energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Public agencies also need to develop five-year energy conservation plans starting July 1, 2014.
These plans will capture information like annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, goals and strategies to reduce energy consumption, and a description of any renewable energy projects in operation.
Energy Efficient Lighting:
Ontario is committed to phasing out inefficient lighting and encouraging the use of more energy-efficient alternatives, such as LEDs or compact fluorescents.
To ensure a consistent approach and to make compliance easier for consumers, retailers and manufacturers the province proposes to harmonize compliance dates for incandescent light bulbs with the federal government. Beginning January 1, 2014, the import of inefficient incandescent lighting will be banned in all provinces across Canada.
At the same time, energy efficiency levels will increase for 100 and 75 watt light bulbs. By the end of 2014, efficiency levels will also be raised for 60 and 40 watt light bulbs.
- The Ontario Clean Energy Benefit is helping Ontario families, farms and small businesses by taking 10 per cent off of all electricity bills for the next five years.
- The province anticipates that the commercial sector, including institutional buildings in the broader public sector, will contribute 50 per cent of Ontario's 2030 electricity conservation target of 7100 MW.
- Ontario moved the start of the Time-of-Use off-peak period from 9 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, providing an extra 10 hours of electricity every week, at the lowest available rate.
- Ontario is committed to increasing wind, solar and bioenergy from less than one per cent of generation capacity in 2003 to almost 13 per cent by 2030, an increase of over 400 per cent.