Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan by the Numbers

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Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan by the Numbers

Ministry of Energy

Consultation and Engagement

Three months - from July to September 2013 - dedicated to an extensive consultation and engagement process across the province that included:

  • 12 regional sessions
  • 673 invited stakeholders participated in roundtable discussions
  • 300+ members of the public who came to evening open houses

10 Aboriginal sessions and meetings
250 participants from close to 100 First Nation and Métis communities and organizations
1,000+ submissions via the Environmental Registry and received by the Ministry of Energy
2,000+ e-mails through letter-writing campaigns
Almost 8,000 people who took part in an online survey

Conservation

30 terawatt-hours in 2032 ─ Ontario's long-term conservation goal

8.6 terawatt-hours ─ the amount of electricity Ontarians are projected to have conserved between 2005 and the end of 2013 - enough to power for a year a city about the size of Hamilton and Kitchener combined

2,400 megawatts ─ the equivalent amount of peak demand electricity Ontario will save by 2025 through initiatives related to Demand Response, a reduction of energy use to ease the load on the system

64,000 students will have access to energy conservation resources through Ontario EcoSchools, an environmental education and certification program for grades K-12

Nuclear

45,600 people are employed in the nuclear sector in Ontario

$2.5 billion ─ the amount the nuclear industry generates in direct and secondary economic activity in Ontario every year

56 per cent ─ nuclear power's contribution to the province's electricity supply mix in 2012

2016 ─ the year nuclear refurbishment will begin to renew 8,500 megawatts over 16 years

9,000 jobs will be created as a result of refurbishment activities at Darlington and Bruce Power nuclear plants

Renewables

10,700 megawatts of wind, solar and bioenergy will be online by 2021. Ontario has extended the renewable
phase-in by three years compared to the 2010 LTEP projection

500+ kilowatts ─ the size of future renewable energy projects that will be subject to a new competitive procurement process developed by the Ontario Power Authority

20,000 megawatts of renewable energy, including hydroelectric, will be online by 2025. This will represent nearly half of Ontario's installed capacity

440 megawatts ─ the amount of new hydroelectric capacity that will be brought online when the Lower Mattagami project is completed

$2.6 billion is invested in the Lower Mattagami Hydroelectric project 

150 megawatts and 50 megawatts the annual procurement targets for small Feed-in Tariff (FIT) and microFIT, respectively, starting in 2014

$200 million per year ─ the projected savings to ratepayers resulting from new rules for wind generators and the Independent Electricity Systems Operator to manage production 

More than 900 megawatts of solar photovoltaic generation capacity is online - enough electricity to power over 120,000 homes each year 

~300 megawatts of bioenergy generation capacity is currently online in Ontario. This includes biomass, biogas and landfill gas systems

Natural Gas

15 per cent of Ontario's electricity in 2012 came from natural gas-fired generators

3.5 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in Ontario are connected to natural gas pipeline infrastructure

First Nations

35 First Nation and Métis communities have been involved in wind, solar and hydroelectric projects since 2010. These communities have participated in 237 projects, representing approximately 1,000 megawatts of clean electricity

25 per cent ─ the equity ownership the Moose Cree First Nation has in the $2.6 billion Lower Mattagami hydroelectric project

Transmission

10,000 km ─ the distance of upgraded distribution and transmission lines installed by Hydro One since 2003

10,000 megawatts ─ the increase in the province's transmission capacity as a result of Hydro One's upgrades

$18 billion ─ the approximate annual cost of the electricity sector in Ontario

$100 million ─ the approximate amount ratepayers will save with the early closure of the Lambton and Nanticoke coal-fired generating stations

600 jobs have been created through the 11 projects supported by Ontario's Smart Grid Fund

Media Contacts

  • Beckie Codd-Downey

    Minister's Office

    beckie.codd-downey@ontario.ca

    416-325-2690

  • Andrea Arbuthnot

    Communications Branch

    andrea.arbuthnot@ontario.ca

    416-326-4542

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