Long-term Energy Plan (Ontario, Canada)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Ontario|
|Name||Long-term Energy Plan (Ontario, Canada)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Climate Policies, Industry Recruitment/Support, Renewables Portfolio Standards and Goals|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy|
|Program Administrator||Ontario Ministry of Energy|
Currently, Ontario’s electricity system has a capacity of approximately 35,000 MW of power. The Ontario Power Authority forecasts that more than 15,000 MW will need to be renewed, replaced or added by 2030.
Through initiatives already underway, the province will be able to reliably meet electricity demand through 2015. Ontario needs to plan now for improving the power supply capacity to meet the province’s electricity needs beyond 2015. Ontario must plan in advance because:
- Insufficient investment between 1995 and 2003 left an aging supply network and little new generation - Additional clean generation will be needed to ensure a coal-free supply mix after 2014 - Nuclear generators will need to go offline while they are being modernized - The population is projected to grow.
Ontario will, first and foremost, make the best use of its existing assets to upgrade, expand or convert facilities. Nuclear power will continue to reliably supply about 50 percent of the province’s electricity needs. Hydroelectric power is expanding to include increased capacity from the Niagara Tunnel project and the Lower Mattagami project. Ontario has a hydroelectric capacity target of 9,000 MW.
Natural gas-fired plants have the flexibility to respond when demand is high — acting as peak source or cushion for the electricity system. In addition, combined heat and power facilities will be further supported through incentive programs.
Ontario is also planning for future energy generation that will focus on efficient, localized generation from smaller, cleaner sources of electricity rather than exclusively from large, centralized power plants transmitting power over long distances.
Other renewable energy technologies, such as wind, solar and bioenergy, will also be a part of the long-term plan. Ontario’s target for clean, renewable energy from wind, solar and bioenergy is 10,700 MW by 2018.
Ontario will be coal-free by 2014. Eliminating coal-fired generation from Ontario’s supply mix will account for the majority of the government’s greenhouse gas reduction target by 2014. Two units at the Thunder Bay coal plant will be converted to gas and Atikokan will be converted to biomass. Two additional units at Nanticoke will be shut down in 2011.
Also in the plan is the go ahead for five transmission projects for reliability, renewable energy growth, and changing demand.
The plan states that during the next 20 years, estimated capital investments in energy infrastructure, refitting, and new facilities will total $87 billion.
|Contact Name||Rick Jennings|
|Department||Ontario Ministry of Energy|
|Division||Energy Supply, Transmission and Distribution Policy|
|Address 2||880 Bay St|