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Building A Clean, Reliable Energy Future

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Building A Clean, Reliable Energy Future

McGuinty Government Helping Families, Keeping Electricity Costs Down

Ontario is making crucial investments to build a clean, modern and reliable electricity system using renewable sources of power, while keeping costs down for families.

Replacing dirty, coal-fired power will clean up the air we breathe and ensure the lights stay on, now and in the future. Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan is rebuilding aging electricity infrastructure and supporting Ontario's growing clean energy sector, which is creating thousands of new, good jobs for Ontarians.

To help families, small businesses and farms manage the costs, the new Ontario Clean Energy Benefit is automatically taking 10 per cent off electricity bills for the next five years. Starting May 1, 10 extra hours of electricity will also be available at the lowest rate for Time-of-Use customers.

And together, we are building a cleaner, smarter and more reliable electricity system for all Ontarians by:

  • Improving transmission and distribution systems that carry power to our homes, hospitals, schools and businesses.
  • Renewing our safe and reliable nuclear plants, which produce about half of Ontario's electricity.
  • Building the largest expansion in hydroelectric power in almost 40 years, with major projects such as the Niagara Tunnel Project and the Lower Mattagami River hydro expansion.
  • Encouraging conservation through province-wide programs aimed at helping Ontarians manage their electricity use and costs.

Quick Facts

  • Starting May 1, off-peak period electricity rates will begin at 7 p.m. instead of 9 p.m., giving Time-of-Use customers 10 extra hours per week at the lowest rate.
  • An average household can expect to save about $150 annually through the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit.
  • In 2003, Ontario had 19 dirty, polluting coal units and just 10 wind turbines; today, the province has more than 800 wind turbines and by the end of 2014 all coal-fired units will be offline.
  • The Conference Board of Canada estimates Canada's electricity sector will require more than $15 billion in investment annually over the next 20 years to replace or refurbish aging infrastructure and meet growing electricity needs.
  • Ontario has conserved more than 1,700 MW of electricity since 2005 - the equivalent of taking more than half a million homes off the electricity grid.

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“The investments we are making now will ensure families and businesses have a clean, modern and reliable electricity system that they can count on for generations to come, while keeping costs down.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Energy

“We are very happy to welcome Minister Duguid to Chatham-Kent. Whether it is through the natural gas being carried to power plants across the province, or through the wind farms and solar panel installations across our region, many of our members are on the forefront of investing in the infrastructure needed to ensure Ontario has clean and reliable power.”

Gail Antaya

President and CEO, Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce

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