December 02, 2013 18:02 ET

WWF Applauds Ontario Energy Plan's Focus on Conservation

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - December 02, 2013) - WWF-Canada applauds Ontario's commitment to energy conservation in today's updated Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP), saying the province takes pivotal steps toward making energy conservation and efficiency a priority in meeting energy needs. 

"It's absolutely essential that we make a global transition to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050 in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Under the updated plan, half of Ontario's energy supply would come from renewable sources by 2025," says Josh Laughren, WWF Director of Climate and Energy. "Along with the recently completed phase-out of coal power, today's announcement means that Ontario could still reach 100 per cent renewable energy before 2050."

By focusing on conservation and renewable energy, Ontario's energy plan avoids locking into greenhouse gas emissions through new fossil fuel infrastructure at least until 2020. To build on this leadership, Laughren says the province now must ensure it meets, or exceeds, conservation targets, and continues to develop its energy system so that renewables can fulfill the province's new energy demands post 2020.

WWF notes other positive LTEP highlights:

- Provides for incentives and tools for energy retrofits for residential properties, such as on-bill financing.

- Leadership in setting energy efficiency standards for products and appliances.

- Procurement of 50 MW of energy storage technology, which can allow for greater integration of renewable energy sources.

- A commitment to connect "off-grid" northern communities currently reliant on diesel for electricity.

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