Jul 20 2013

Environmental Defence–Inspiring Change

Environmental Defence

Dear Barbara,
Yesterday, I stood beside Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli as he launched a new vision to put conservation first when planning to meet the province’s energy needs. This means that Ontario will assess how to reduce our energy demand as much as possible, before spending to build new generation capacity like nuclear and gas plants.
Save before you spend. We think that’s a bright idea.

Putting conservation first is the best choice for our climate, our air and our pocketbooks. And that’s why we applauded the move.
It might sound like just common sense. Shouldn’t we be putting conservation first already? The reality is Ontario would be the first province to flip energy planning on its head in this way. And it would position Ontario among U.S. states, like California and Massachusetts, which are leading on energy conservation.
Energy conservation is by far the cheapest way to reduce global warming pollution, and it can help cut smog on some of our worst air quality days.
Energy conservation also helps people and businesses spend less on their energy bills. For every dollar invested in energy conservation, three dollars are saved. Not a bad return. The money saved gets spent elsewhere in the economy, helping spur jobs and revenue. And the jobs that are created are inherently local – tradespeople, contractors, energy auditors.
The conservation first vision put forward yesterday will be a welcome paradigm shift in how we plan to meet our energy needs. Our climate, our air, our economy and our wallets would benefit.
Help spread the word that you think this is a good idea by sharing this image graphic on Facebook.

You can read the government’s new conservation white paper here.
Over the summer, the public will be asked for input on the future of Ontario’s energy system, including how to put conservation first. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on how you can make your voice heard.
Here’s the link to share the image on Facebook
Gillian McEachern
Campaigns Director
Environmental Defence