Toronto (November 22, 2016) – The newly formed Renewable Energy Alliance of Ontario today launched a digital media campaign aimed at galvanizing the millions of Ontarians who support renewable energy projects across the province. The newly launched website RenewOurFuture.ca will allow citizens to participate in the province’s Long-Term Energy Plan Consultations.
Since 2008, renewable energy projects have invested over $14 billion in Ontario’s economy and have created over 200,000 jobs in Ontario. At a local level, municipalities have received close to $2 billion in revenues from land-lease payments, municipal property taxes, and community vibrancy funds. Furthermore three quarters of Ontarians who responded to a recent EKOS poll voiced their support for the provinces’ move away from coal and towards renewable energy. It is time for the voices of the silent majority of Ontarians who support renewable energy to be heard.
The website also looks to address several myths being perpetrated by proponents of traditional energy sources.
Members of REAO have been attending province wide consultations on the future of Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan to make the following points:
1) Renewable energy helps to stabilize long-term energy costs.
2) Ontarians support renewable energy by wide margins, and are in favour of increased investment in renewable energy technologies.
3) Investment in renewable energy technology has resulted in the creation good paying jobs in the Niagara region. Since 2012, renewable energy has created over 1000 jobs in the region, and increased the regions employment capacity by a minimum of three hundred thousand working hours. This new work has a positive economic impact for the province and the municipalities that host renewable energy sites.
4) As Ontario moves toward the implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan, there is a projected increase in demand for energy and Ontario will need to meet this increase in a cost effective and carbon neutral way.
5) Ontario must stick to the target of 50 per cent renewables by 2025 if it is to maintain its place as a world leader in renewable energy in the face of stiff international competition from China and India.
6) Renewable energy is now as cost effective as other sources of energy. It is not the reason Ontarians have been facing higher hydro rates.
“Renewable energy sources like windand solar are now equal in cost to traditional energy sources. India and China are investing billions of dollars into renewable energy industries. We can’t afford to lose any more ground.”
Mike Gallagher – Business Manager, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793 and Chair of the Renewable Energy Alliance of Ontario
Renewable Energy Alliance of Ontario:
The Renewable Energy Alliance of Ontario is a broad coalition of employers, labour and industry groups dedicated to working with the Ontario government to ensure renewable energy continues to play a vital role in Ontario’s energy mix. At present membership includes the following organizations:
- The International Union of Operating Engineers
- Laborers’ International Union of North America
- Canadian Solar Industries Association
- The Ontario Crane Rental Association
- The Canadian Wind Energy Association
- The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario
- Rankin Construction
- Surespan Wind Energy
- David Suzuki Foundation
- Fengate Capital Management
Renewable Energy Alliance of Ontario
416 413 4769