The sweeping powers given by the Green Energy Act to the MOECC and IESO have worked out so well for Ontario, so this new totalitarian mandate should be a treat… more pay-to-play and funnelling money to favoured industries at the expense of Ontario taxpayers.
As we know, Ethanol and Ethanol diluted fuels are far more damaging to the environment and human health than fossil fuels, but a darling of politicians who see the way to expand the quid pro quo to new corporatist/statist industries.
After all it has worked so well with the wind industry. Donating to political parties, said Mr. John Brace president of Northland Power – a company with nearly two dozen solar, hydro and thermal-energy projects under development around the province – “is the proper way to behave as an Ontario-based company to continue to help the political process along,”.
So we get escalating fundraising targets for Ministers to raise from Industries they control and the need to create new agencies that control new sectors to raise money from…
New Ontario agency will be given sweeping mandate to overhaul energy use
ADRIAN MORROW AND GREG KEENAN http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-to-create-agency-to-oversee-climate-change-goals-draft-plan-shows/article29781337/
TORONTO — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2016 9:57PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016 7:10AM EDT
The Ontario government plans to make the majority of the province’s buildings emissions-free and slash the use of cars to just 20 per cent of commuter trips by 2050 as part of a dramatic plan to meet its climate-change goals.
To achieve these aims, the province will establish a “new ultra-low-carbon utility” – an agency with a sweeping mandate to change everything about how Ontarians use energy to reduce carbon emissions drastically.
These details are in a confidential draft of the province’s Climate Change Action Plan obtained by The Globe and Mail. The strategy, which wants to put “a zero emission or hybrid electric vehicle in every multicar household driveway within eight years,” is expected to be unveiled next month. It is meant to supplement a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions that takes effect next year.
The draft plan promises to get at least 1.7 million electric and hybrid cars in use by 2024, take seven million gas-burning vehicles off the road by 2030, and ensure that by 2050, 80 per cent of residents use public transit, walk or cycle to work.
It would also cut emissions from buildings by 15 per cent by 2030 and ensure most buildings are emissions-free by 2050. This would be done by helping homeowners and businesses install solar panels or geothermal systems and undertake retrofits, and by changing the building code to require renovations and new construction to make buildings more energy-efficient.
It would buy offsets to make the Ontario government carbon-neutral next year. By 2030, the government will cut its own emissions by 50 per cent.
The plan would provide funding for industry to switch to cleaner factories, and for research into new low-carbon technologies.
To co-ordinate the electricity system, home-based power generation such as rooftop solar panels, low-carbon transportation and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems in buildings, a new utility would be established – effectively an agency to oversee a massive shift to low-emission homes, buildings and transportation options.
Environment Minister Glen Murray’s spokesman, David Mullock, said the document obtained by the Globe is a preliminary draft circulated among industry to get feedback on the government’s ideas.
“These discussion documents are very much draft in nature and do not reflect any final decisions regarding the Climate Change Action Plan. We will continue to consult on the Climate Change Action Plan to ensure that Ontario is successful in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and in meeting our reduction targets,” he wrote in an email.
“This looks like a fairly comprehensive approach,” said Keith Brooks of Environmental Defence. He said the idea of having a single agency to help Ontarians retrofit their homes and oversee the transition to electric and hybrid vehicles is a good one; such things now are often handled piecemeal.
But Mr. Brooks cautioned the plan is short on details: “This looks like a precursor to an action plan.”
The document is largely silent, for instance, on how the new utility would fit with existing electricity distribution, transmission and generation companies. It also does not say how much more emissions-free electricity generation – whether from nuclear plants, wind farms or solar projects – would be necessary.
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