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March 29 Deadline to Share Your Input with Govt. of Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is accepting submissions to the Environmental Registry on its 2015 Climate Change Discussion paper until March 29, 2015.

The Federation of Community Power Co-operatives (FCPC), of which OREC is a member, has submitted its own letter. For ideas and suggestions, please read their submission here. Feel free to borrow content in a modified form for your individual or organizational submission.

Please submit comments to the EBR here (click “Submit Comments” on right hand side)

We need strong co-op and individual member support to share the following messages:

  • There is no need for an increase in GHG emissions in the electricity sector. Instead of increasing gas-fired generation, we can continue to develop renewable energy. 
  • Renewable energy will grow increasingly valuable as we strive for deeper emissions reductions.  It can help de-carbonize heating and cooling and even become an important source of power for electrified transportation.
  • Renewable energy will make our communities more climate resilient by producing power where and when it is needed.
  • Citizen involvement is critical and the community power model serves as tested approach to local support and investment in a low carbon economy – this model  needs to be strengthened and expanded
  • We need a strong carbon pricing policy that gets results and sends clear market signals.

For more information about the FCPC please visit fcpcoops.ca