The Ontario government has launched a review of its Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) with the release of a discussion paper on the plan. The LTEP will decide whether Ontario sticks with a highly centralized and rigid system of big generating plants (mostly nuclear) feeding power to distant cities and towns or whether we will move to a more flexible and responsive system that emphasizes a mix of different approaches, from putting energy conservation and efficiency first and further developing renewable power to engaging with communities in developing their own power solutions.
The government needs to hear from you on these issues because you can be sure they are hearing a lot from the nuclear industry, which has enjoyed a long history of rich subsidies in this province. On this page you will find some simple resources to help you craft a response to the government’s discussion paper and to spread the word to your friends and colleagues about participating in this review.
Monday, Sept. 16th is the deadline for comments on the government’s Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) Review and Conservation First Discussion paper. Make your voice heard on these critical issues!
What you can do:
- Read our guide (Web page / Word doc) to responding to the LTEP discusssion paper then send in your own thoughts through this web form.
- See how Ontario has gone off track in previous energy plans by over-estimating electricity demand and under-estimating nuclear costs.
- Use and/or adapt our template response (Web page / Word doc). Again, you can submit this with a couple of clicks through the EBR website.
- Spread the word: Here’s text for a simple email message (Web page / Word doc) you can send to your group, friends or colleagues to tell them about this important opportunity to shape Ontario’s energy future.
- Attend a public open house – click here for times and places
- Put the word out on your twitter feed, Facebook page or blog about attending public open houses in your area and/or sending in a response.
- Give a listen to this Public Service Announcement developed by the Whitchurch-Stouffville Community Energy Co-op. Feel free to post it on your website or send to your local media.