THE PROBLEM

Since phasing out the use of highly polluting coal, Ontario prides itself on having a mostly clean electricity supply. But, Ontario’s electricity supply is about to get a lot dirtier.

 

Ontario has its foot on the gas and is actively working to massively ramp up the use of “natural” gas – a fossil fuel – to generate electricity. Gas power creates greenhouse gas emissions which are bad for the climate and nitrogen oxides which are harmful to human health. Gas is also mostly methane – a potent greenhouse gas that is driving climate change.

WHERE GAS PLANTS COULD BE BUILT

Southern Ontario has been identified as a target area for new gas projects. And existing gas plants are prime candidates for expansions. So we’re likely to see (and have already seen) gas expansion proposals pop up in places with gas plants, including: Windsor, Sarnia, St. Clair, Brampton, Halton Hills, King, Greater Napanee, Cardinal, and the Ottawa area.

 

In the Greater Toronto Area, the gas plants in Brampton, Halton Hills and Toronto are already among the region’s biggest polluters. Adding more gas generation will make these facilities a lot more polluting.

The Goreway Power Station in Brampton, Ontario, January 25th, 2022. 

(Photo by Ian Willms)

BRAMPTON'S GOREWAY GAS PLANT

Brampton's largest emitter of greenhouse gases which are bad for the climate

Brampton's third largest emitter of nitrous oxides which are harmful for human health

The GTA's fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases

BRAMPTON'S GOREWAY GAS PLANT

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HALTON HILLS' GAS PLANT

Halton Hills' largest emitter of greenhouse gases which are bad for the climate

Halton Hills' largest emitter of nitrous oxides which are harmful for human health

The GTA's second largest emitter of greenhouse gases

HALTON HILLS GAS PLANT

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Toronto's Portlands Gas Plant

Toronto's largest emitter of greenhouse gases which are bad for the climate

Toronto's largest emitter of nitrous oxides which are harmful for human health

The GTA's fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases

Toronto's Portlands Gas Plant

THE SOLUTION

Ontario needs to phase out, not ramp up the use of fossil gas to generate electricity.

 

The good news is that it's possible. To transition to a clean energy grid, the province must invest in solutions like solar and wind, along with battery storage which allows the energy to be used when needed.

 

 

 

 

TAKE ACTION

At a time when we need to urgently reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Ontario is planning to increase them by using a lot more polluting fossil gas to generate electricity.

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JOIN THE COMMUNITY

The good news is that we can stop these gas plants at the local level. New gas projects require municipal council support and councilors listen to their constituents. That means that your voice matters.

If you live in one of the above areas with an existing gas plant and want to take action in your community, you can sign up for our newsletter and we’ll send you resources, action alerts, and event invites. We will also send you a link to order a lawn sign

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