On April 10, 2018, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario released her 2018 Energy Conservation Progress report, Making Connections: Straight Talk about Electricity in Ontario, to the Ontario Legislature.
The new report says that the Ontario government’s Long-Term Energy Plan ignores its own climate law. The climate law requires Ontario to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, such as gasoline, natural gas and oil by 2030, but the province isn’t planning how to make that happen.
The report also acknowledges the government’s role in cleaning up Ontario’s electricity system and air by ending coal-fired power. By replacing coal with low-carbon electricity sources such as hydro, solar, wind and nuclear power, the system was 96 per cent emission-free in 2017.