Support for Putting Conservation First
"Our doctors agree: embracing conservation is the right thing to do. By reducing our electricity use, we can avoid spending billions on expensive new generation. Conservation protects the environment, reduces emissions, makes our energy system stronger, and saves people money."
-- Gideon Forman, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
“We at the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance are pleased that Minister Chiarelli and the Ontario Government are taking an aggressive and forward-looking approach to conservation. Conservation should always be the first step in any energy planning. Ontarians are looking for two things: to save money and to do the right thing for the environment. This announcement does that and more. We look forward to these discussions that will take place over the summer.”
-- Elizabeth A. McDonald, President and CEO, Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance
“Premier Wynne’s commitment to invest in all cost-effective energy conservation and efficiency measures before investing in new electricity generating stations will lead to lower electricity rates and bills. At last, we have a Premier who is putting the needs of Ontario’s electricity consumers first.”
-- Jack Gibbons, Chair, Ontario Clean Air Alliance
“Ontario's electricity distributors commend the government's commitment to conservation. And we're pleased that the Ontario Government wants local utilities to take on a leadership role to drive results in energy efficiency and conservation. We stand ready to build on our strong relationships with customers and communities, to deliver innovative and cost-effective energy conservation solutions."
-- Rene W. Gatien, Chair, Electricity Distributors Association
“Ontario has distinguished itself as a national leader in reducing pollution from its electricity system. Energy conservation is the most cost-effective way for the province to further reduce its dependence on non-renewable resources. We’re happy to see Ontario put conservation first.”
-- Tim Weis, Director of Renewable Energy and Efficiency Policy, Pembina Institute
"By pursuing research, innovation and commercialization at the Centre for Urban Energy, Ryerson's faculty and students are addressing energy and environmental issues that affect us all. We believe that infrastructure enhancements, smart grid systems and energy efficient conservation programs will help create an energy system that is sustainable for future generations.”
-- Sheldon Levy, President, Ryerson University