An independent report released today by the province’s Environmental Commissioner reinforces the importance of maintaining emissions-free sources of electricity such as Bruce Power nuclear to meet Ontario’s energy needs and to phase-out the use of coal.

Gord Miller, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario released the Annual Greenhouse Gas Progress Report to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario earlier today as required under the Environmental Bill of Rights.

“Bruce Power nuclear is a low-cost and clean source of reliable energy and more Bruce Power nuclear means less electricity from coal,” said James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “The revitalization of the Bruce Power site has contributed to the phase-out of coal, along with a 93 per cent decrease in sulphur emissions and a drop in summer smog days in the Greater Toronto Area from 48 to 12 since 2005.”

The report concludes that “between 2010 and 2011, emissions associated with coal use dropped by nearly two-thirds” and “the phase-out of coal-fired generation puts the electricity sector on track to achieve the emissions reductions envisaged in Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) over the short term.”

To view the full report, please go to http://www.eco.on.ca/.

“With the revitalization of the Bruce site since 2001, Bruce Power has generated 70 per cent of the energy needed to shut down all of Ontario’s coal plants,” added Scongack.

The report also continues to caution the province about increasing its reliance on natural gas, a key consideration with a review of the LTEP currently underway. The report states that “the government must do everything in its power to ensure that the future restructuring of the electricity sector is undertaken in such a way to prevent the high usage of natural gas.”

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