A study released Thursday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the cost of cleaning up and maintaining the country’s aging and polluted power plants has grown at a faster rate than other parts of the country.
The report said Ontario’s aging power plants cost the country $3.7 billion in 2015, up from $2.8 billion the previous year.
And that’s just one of the reasons why Ontario’s power sector is in such bad shape, the report said.
“Ontario is the only jurisdiction that has not fully embraced the clean-energy revolution,” said Matt Skynn, the executive director of the Canadian Council for Clean Energy.
“And I think that’s really the tipping point for the country.” “
The Ontario government has long maintained that its electricity market is cleaner than the rest of Canada, and said it was in talks with manufacturers to create electric vehicles in the province, which would allow the government to cut power bills. “
And I think that’s really the tipping point for the country.”
The Ontario government has long maintained that its electricity market is cleaner than the rest of Canada, and said it was in talks with manufacturers to create electric vehicles in the province, which would allow the government to cut power bills.
But the government has since backed off those plans, and in the past year has taken a more hands-off approach to clean energy than it did earlier this decade, saying it is committed to the transition to renewables.
In fact, the government even signed a new renewable-energy contract with Quebec, a province with the lowest per-capita greenhouse gas emissions of any province in the country, that will cost it an additional $2 million a year in electricity costs for years to come.
But it has also been criticized for failing to do enough to encourage companies to build new plants in the region.
“The Ontario government is moving in the wrong direction,” said Skynns.
“It is very disappointing to see that the Ontario government still has not done anything to address the situation and not move in the right direction.”
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