TORONTO – Ontario continues to let millions in potential energy savings go by the wayside — while at the same time pursuing expensive power projects that need to be forced on unwilling residents, environmental commissioner Gord Miller said Tuesday.
“My message is how can we possibly ignore this?” Miller said Tuesday of the potential savings from conserving energy and promoting energy efficiency.
“We’re fascinated with the price of electricity. Well this is the cheapest electricity — it’s readily available, it’s already built, if you like. It involves no more disturbance of anybody’s land or anybody’s home.
“Our culture, our solution is always this — build more. That has been our solution — build more generation and we’ve been pursuing that for decades. The problem is the build more option is always more expensive.”
Miller joked that Ontarians want power — but not if it comes from coal, natural gas, nuclear reactors or wind turbines. People object to living near all types of power plants, he said but the province is still forging ahead with new projects when a greater emphasis on conservation could make some construction unnecessary. Read article