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Smart Grid

We should upgrade our energy infrastructure to start building out a smart grid that allows for the introduction of wind, solar and other renewable energy. This allows Ontario to switch off of coal, gas and oil. By building a smart grid we also update Ontario's manufacturing sector to start competing in new industries such as solar panel manufacturing.

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Upgrade the Building Code to save energy

Homes and other residential buildings are not as energy efficient as they could be or should be. Upgrading the building code is needed for all new housing. Better insulation and energy reflective shingles (instead of the current shingles that absorb sunlight) would decrease the need to burn fossil fuels or consume electricity to heat and cool our homes.

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Increase access to small scale solar and wind generation

Make it easier for private citizens to purchase and install solar or wind generators for their homes, or small businesses. Eliminate the taxes on the purchase or installation of small scale solar or wind generators. Increase incentives for people living off-grid or applying to MicroFIT. This will solve our energy crisis, future energy crisis, lower the grid demand, decrease our dependance on dirty energy and clean ...more »

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Remove the $75Million Liability Limit on Nuclear Operations

The current Nuclear Liability Act came into effect in 1976 . The act sets a limit of $75 million in liability for operators of nuclear power generating facilities that has not been updated since.

 

Ontario should require Bruce Power & OPG to be fully liable for all costs.

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More Deep Lake Water Cooling

Enwave's Deep Lake Water Cooling design provides downtown Toronto with an equivalent of 207MW worth of air-conditioning while not putting back latent waste heat into the lake[1]. This was put in place in 2004. Other Ontario cities around Great Lakes can also implement such a process. OPA/OPG needs to stop denying a technology that clearly works and instead promote and invest in it across the province for increased ...more »

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Light pollution reduction policies

The provincial government should do something about light pollution - such as encouraging governments and property owners to install lights which are no brighter than necessary and which aim all of the light down... or lights which are off, or dim, but brighten up when motion sensors detect a need. the impact here is a combination of preserving views of the stars, but also reducing energy use on light that serves no ...more »

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Let the Engineers do the Electricity Planning

The Energy Minister should not take over the planning of the energy sector in the Province. Listen to the experts in the system don't assume as a Minister of Energy that you know what we should do because you believe someone from the Global Warming crowd. Bad electricity causes prices to rise, good manufacturing jobs to leave the province and energy poverty for people on fixed incomes or people living at or near the ...more »

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Ban fridges and freezers without doors in stores to save energy

It should be obvious to everyone that leaving the fridge or worse freezer door open is a huge waste of electricity. Why do we need and allow fridges/freezers without doors in grocery stores? Surely if customers can handle opening and closing a fridge door at home they can also do so at a store.

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Open Government

Full contract oversight by Minister of Energy

Premier Kathleen Wynne has apologized for the “unacceptably large” cost incurred by Ontario taxpayers after the Government cancelled the construction of a power plant in Oakville ahead of the 2011 provincial election. http://www.cp24.com/news/wynne-apologizes-after-ag-reveals-cost-of-cancelled-oakville-gas-plant-1.1488150#ixzz2hENfzbCk While apologising is good, Ontario taxpayers need to know decisions and errors of ...more »

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Full Cost Accounting for Nuclear Operations - paid when consumed

With approximately 65% of our electricity coming from Nuclear it's time to bust the myth of "cheap nuclear" electricity. According to the OPG annual report, they sell nuclear power for $55.85/MWh whereas according to their filings with the Ontario Energy Board the Cost of Production from Pickering is $65.86/MWh. - The annual impact? A loss of Over $200million per year. Clearly Pickering is not a self sustaining operation ...more »

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Support Rooftop wind and solar

Rather than having farmland or other land used to wind and solar power "farms" it is far better if we use the roofs of existing buildings to locate solar panels and wind generation. this is particularly true of massive industrial warehouses where the roof is massive and the buildings are not close to private homes. this would include industrial areas or parks. there is also the benefit that power is generated close ...more »

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