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Coal Fire Power Plants

Postby adminjt » Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:10 pm

Clean Air Alliance of Ontario ....

McGuinty OKs 17% increase in dirty coal-fired electricity generation

The McGuinty Government has issued a shareholder directive giving Ontario Power Generation permission to increase the output of its dirty coal-fired power plants by 17%, in each year from 2011 to 2014 inclusive, relative to its actual level of coal-fired electricity generation in 2009.

Despite the fact that Ontario can achieve a virtually 100% coal phase-out today by simply ramping up the output of its newer and cleaner natural gas-fired power plants, Premier McGuinty’s actions could lead to up to 1,148 needless deaths and up to 575,000 needless asthma attacks according to his Government’s own statistics.

To add insult to injury, Ontario’s coal-fired power plants are no longer profitable. In 2009 the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation (an agency of the Government of Ontario) gave Ontario Power Generation $412 million to subsidize the financial losses of its Nanticoke and Lambton coal-fired power plants.

Premier McGuinty’s decision to permit Ontario Power Generation to increase the output of its dirty coal-fired power plants by 17% is a cynical betrayal of the public trust. To save lives, reduce asthma attacks and to help prevent dangerous climate change, Premier McGuinty should direct Ontario Power Generation to put its coal-fired power plants on standby reserve and only operate them if they are absolutely necessary to keep the lights on.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, the Cities of Hamilton, Kitchener and Guelph and the Toronto Board of Health are also calling for the Government of Ontario to direct Ontario Power Generation to put its dirty coal plants on standby reserve and only operate them if they are absolutely needed to keep the lights on.

Premier McGuinty’s decision to betray his 2003 election promise to phase-out coal as soon as possible is testimony to the immense political power of Ontario Power Generation and the Power Workers’ Union.

Please contact Premier McGuinty and ask him to phase-out our dirty coal plants now.

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Thank you,


Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
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The Ontario Clean Air Alliance is a diverse, multi-stakeholder coalition of approximately 90 organizations including cities, health associations, environmental and public interest groups, corporations, public utilities, unions, faith communities and individuals, representing more than six million Ontarians. OCAA’s short term goal is to achieve the complete phase out of Ontario’s four coal-fired power plants by June, 2010. Our long term goal is to achieve a 100% renewable electricity grid by 2027.
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Re: Coal Fire Power Plants

Postby adminjt » Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:20 am

Kitchener and Guelph call for coal phase-out

Following Hamilton’s lead, the Cities of Kitchener and Guelph have recently passed resolutions calling on Premier McGuinty to put our dirty coal plants on standby reserve and only operate them if absolutely needed to keep the lights on in Ontario.

Today, much of our newer and dramatically cleaner natural gas-fired generation capacity remains idle as Ontario Power Generation continues to operate its dirty coal plants. (You can see exactly how much coal power Ontario is using and how much cleaner gas power is idle by clicking here).

http://cleanairalliance.org/output

With a long hot smoggy summer ahead of us, now is the time to fully eliminate dirty coal use. Please email Premier McGuinty and ask him to phase out coal now by simply increasing the output of our cleaner natural gas-fired power plants (and please bcc me).

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you,


Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246
angela@cleanairalliance.org
Clean Air Alliance
Ontario’s Green Future
No Nukes News
Health Power

P.S. Interested in volunteering for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance? Please contact me at Angela@cleanairalliance.org.
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Re: Coal Fire Power Plants

Postby adminjt » Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:39 pm

Hamilton calls for coal phase-out now

Last night Hamilton City Council passed Councillor Sam Merulla’s motion requesting the Government of Ontario to direct Ontario Power Generation to put its coal plants on standby reserve and only operate them if they are absolutely needed to keep the lights on in Ontario. [read: Council: Shut Down Coal Now!]

The motion was also supported by Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson.

Please contact Premier McGuinty and asked him to phase-out coal now (and cc me).

For background info on how and why we can stop burning coal today, please see our leaflet or our report.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you.


Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246
angela@cleanairalliance.org
Clean Air Alliance
Ontario’s Green Future
No Nukes News
Health Power

P.S. Interested in volunteering for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance? Please contact me at Angela@cleanairalliance.org.


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The Ontario Clean Air Alliance is a diverse, multi-stakeholder coalition of approximately 90 organizations including cities, health associations, environmental and public interest groups, corporations, public utilities, unions, faith communities and individuals, representing more than six million Ontarians. OCAA’s short term goal is to achieve the complete phase out of Ontario’s four coal-fired power plants by June, 2010. Our long term goal is to achieve a 100% renewable electricity grid by 2027.
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Re: Coal Fire Power Plants

Postby adminjt » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:56 pm

Nurses, doctors release new coal death statistics

At a Queen’s Park news conference today, Wendy Fucile of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and Dr. Hilary de Veber of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment called on Premier McGuinty to phase-out our dirty coal plants now – four years ahead of schedule – to save 1,000 lives.

The OCAA has clearly documented that Ontario now has more than sufficient coal-free power to keep the lights on. Let’s stop putting dirty power ahead of public health.

Please contact Opposition Leader Tim Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and ask them to support the call for an early coal phase-out (and please cc me).

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you,


Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246
angela@cleanairalliance.org
Clean Air Alliance
Ontario’s Green Future
No Nukes News
Health Power

P.S. Interested in volunteering for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance? Please contact me at Angela@cleanairalliance.org.
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