Letter – Provincial leaked Climate Change Action Plans Puts Natural Gas Access at Risk

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I am deeply concerned with the provincial Liberal plan to remove affordable natural gas from the energy mix.  The provincial government, it its draft Climate Change Action Plan, is considering a policy that would see local homes and businesses replace the most affordable energy option we have – natural gas with electricity.  Electricity costs in Ontario are already high enough and they are scheduled to rise significantly more in the coming years.  By contrast, natural gas prices are lower now than they were 10 years ago and we simply cannot afford to ignore that fact. Natural gas is a critical partner fuel in a lower-carbon future.

Our community has been working for many years to increase access to affordable natural gas.  We have been working with Union Gas to make this a reality and up until recently we were hopeful that Union Gas would be successful in the OEB’s generic hearings in seeking approval for their proposal to provide natural gas service to our community.  It appears this proposal may be at risk as a result of the provincial government’s draft plan to eliminate the use of natural gas by 2050.  As evidence of this, the environmental group Environmental Defence has already issued a letter to the Ontario Energy Board asking to stop the hearings on expanding natural gas to new communities until there is further clarity on the future of natural gas in this province. Following this, the Canadian Propane Association has also made the same request.  If the OEB grants this delay, it would mark the second significant delay in this process, meanwhile communities that are eager to get increased access to affordable, reliable natural gas are left waiting and paying unreasonably high energy bills. How can we expect Ontario natural gas companies to invest millions of dollars into new infrastructure that our provincial government has said they want to make obsolete?

Continually we hear about the challenging fiscal realities of increasing electricity costs in Ontario.  The fact is residents are already choosing between their electricity bills and other basic necessities.  Any additional delay in bringing affordable natural gas to more rural communities further delays their ability to enjoy energy savings of upwards of $3,000/year by switching to natural gas.  Our residents deserve access to affordable natural gas much like the other 80% of Ontarian’s who already enjoy access.

Communities value the reliability, affordability and sustainability of natural gas.  It is a necessity for natural gas appliances, home heating, water heating, and other uses and we should not be put in a position where we are asked or forced to replace them with more expensive electricity driven options.

I encourage you to write to Premier Kathleen Wynne, her Ministers and our local MPP to urge them to reconsider this ill-advised policy and ensure the expansion of natural gas to our community becomes a reality.

Sincerely,

Mayor Ken Lamming

Township of Prince

2 COMMENTS

  1. Remember when we were coerced into changing over to electric? It would be more affordable, cleaner etc. And it was for awhile. This move on “Mr.” Wynne’s part is absolutely ridiculous. I hope all who voted for her and her party will shake their heads and be sure not to vote them in again. Time to get out the email addresses and bombard them with emails and phone calls. Perhaps emails and phone numbers could be posted here for ease of access? Remind constituents to keep them on file for further use. I am sure with all of the crazy stuff government is doing that we will need them over and over again. Also I would like to suggest when you write to your MPP and every other MPP, be sure to remind them that they are elected by the people, and can be unelected by the people.

  2. I rather trust a rattlesnake than Premier Wynne

    Wynne Liberals to ban natural gas as a home heating a leak document shows but Premier Wynne denies this report but I would rather trust a rattlesnake than Premier Wynne

    Ontarian’s may now know why the Liberals have been over producing hydro for years only to sell to the USA , Quebec and Manitoba for pennies a kWh or they would receive it for free to get it off our over-loaded lines because the Liberals are ramping up for when they ban natural gas in Ontario.?

    The Wynne Liberals state they are staying the course which Mcguinty set out – so was this the Liberal plan all along to eliminate natural gas as a home heating source ? and make hydro rates in Ontari-owe the highest in North America and to eliminate over 300 thousand manufacturing jobs do to their hydro policy no factories no pollution

    We know Bob Chiarelli stated people who that have donated to the Liberal party have been rewarded with wind and solar contracts so how many Liberal insiders or donors received contracts at over inflated prices.? The Wynne government gave hydro / OPG unions a 111 million dollar loan to buy Hydro One Stock.. we know that the Wynne government gave rebates to people who bought Hy brid cars worth 1.1 million dollars.

    But what about low to middle income earners who can’t afford these cars and must subsidize the rich.through her gas tax – or cap and trade tax? for there luxury toys .
    and for the people who heat with oil you will be paying 4.3 cents litre more for your fuel ( gas tax she calls it ) then paying GST/HST on top of the gas tax then GST /HST on your of overall bill seems to me we are being taxed on tax..

    As I stated before when the Liberals took office hydro was 4.3 cents all day long now we are 18 cents a kWh at peak rate and soon we will only own 40% of Hydro One
    but Wynne states this is excellent deal for Ontari-owe .

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