Phae out coal plants
Submitted by OCAA on Mon, 02/22/2010 - 05:30.
London Free Press
Phase out coal plants
Regarding the article Coal quickly losing power (Feb. 19).
According to Ontario's Energy and Infrastructure Minister Brad Duguid, coal-fired electricity is "still required in peak times and we only bring it out when we need it." In fact, since Ontario's coal-free generation capacity now exceeds our forecast peak day demand in the summer of 2010 by 23%, we no longer need our dirty coal plants to meet peak demand. We ask Duguid to direct Ontario Power Generation to put its coal plants on standby reserve immediately and only operate them if they are absolutely needed to keep the lights on in Ontario. This simple action will lead to a virtually complete coal phase-out today without jeopardizing our electricity security of supply.
Jack Gibbons Chair, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Toronto