We’re serious about working to prevent and reduce pollution. And when it comes to pollution that causes global warming, the less fossil fuel we use the better. Fortunately, renewable energy technology exists today that lets us use less polluting fuel and more clean fuel—and put people to work in the process.
Ontario’s move to green energy has created lots of public debate. It’s debate we’re happy to participate in because educating people about alternatives and their environmental benefits builds support for a clean energy economy.
This week, Ontario re-launched
its landmark renewable energy program: the ‘FIT’. It’s a renewed commitment to green power that ensures it
will keep its title as the best place on the continent to build renewable energy projects like wind and solar - crucial to fighting global warming while grabbing a stake in the global green economy.
Ontario renewable energy plans are gaining steam, with new companies like Trina Solar
, and Enercon
continuing to move operations here, creating new full-time jobs. Ontario is at the top of the list
for solar and wind development North America.
As the International Energy Association (IEA), recently declared
“renewable energy has arrived” outpacing investment in last century’s energy sources like coal. Ontario is smart be part of this historic transition.
After being invited to participate in public consultations on the FIT, Environmental Defence is glad to see that many of our recommendations to improve the program are being adopted.
In coming weeks, new rules for renewable projects will be rolled out that favour projects owned in part by local communities, strengthen protections for prime agricultural land, help get municipalities more directly involved, and set a clear path to lower costs
as renewable energy technology continues to get cheaper
. We are excited to see creative ideas like a new pilot program to help new housing developments include solar panels as part of their design.
Whether you are a homeowner, a community group, an Aboriginal community, or an energy company the new rules will open up a big opportunity to protect the environment, create jobs and earn income.
If you’d like to know more, please ask. We’re always happy to educate more people about the promise of renewable energy.