24th September 2019


Minister Chiarelli tours the ongoing construction of the Lower Mattagami hydroelectric project in August, 2013. Photo Credit: Patrick Gilbert for the Ministry of Energy
Ontario s bright energy future

Ontario’s bright energy future

Ontario continues to lead the way in energy innovation and investment. Through an increased understanding of our energy landscape we can ensure a cleaner, more efficient, and prosperous future.
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Bob Chiarelli

Ontario Minister of Energy


This is an exciting time for Ontario’s energy industry. As a leader in innovation and technological advancement, Ontario’s energy sector has helped to drive the province’s economy and bolster job growth over the last decade.

“We have been taking a hard look at our options, with the goal of choosing the best way forward.”

Global leader

Ontario is a global leader when it comes to renewable energy: today we have over 800 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity, which is enough electricity to power over 90,000 homes annually; and, for the first time last year, wind produced more electricity than coal.

Ontario’s green energy strategy has attracted private sector investment that has helped create over 31,000 jobs and attracted over $24 billion in investment. The strategy has also fostered a culture of energy conservation, which has resulted in $4 billion in avoided system costs.

As part of the development of the province’s smart grid, over 4.7 million homes and small businesses now have smart meters.

These meters provide precise information on electricity consumption securely and privately. Smart meters not only help consumers save money, but they are a key component to supporting advanced consumer technologies and commercial and industrial needs.

Ontario is a global leader when it comes to renewable energy: today we have over 800 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity, which is enough electricity to power over 90,000 homes annually; and, for the first time last year, wind produced more electricity than coal.

Forging forward

The last six months have been a crucial period for the sector: as part of the review of our Long-Term Energy Plan, we have been taking a hard look at our options with the goal of choosing the best way forward.

This review process has included consultations and engagement sessions with the general public, municipal leaders, stakeholders and Aboriginal communities across the province, as well as extensive online surveys and written reports.

It has been a dynamic, responsive and collaborative process, one that underscores our approach to renewal—when it comes to meeting our collective energy needs, we cannot be afraid to evolve our thinking. This has meant taking an honest look at our current policies and programs to determine if they remain relevant and worthwhile, and if necessary updating them to respond to changing conditions.

Taking action

Our government will continue to take decisive action to address the needs of communities, consumers and ratepayers and we will continue to do so with an open door and a positive attitude.

Working together, I am confident that we will be able to tackle these challenges and continue to deliver a clean, reliable and affordable energy system that meets the needs of all Ontarians.


Bob Chiarelli
editorial@mediaplanet.com

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