Toronto climate priorities every mayoral candidate should get behind
5/2023 - Toronto’s next leader should put fast, effective climate action at the centre of the city’s cornerstone strategies for economic development, housing, transportation, health, and more. VP Bryan Purcell discusses three practical actions needed.
Heat pumps are ready for prime time. Bulk buying can pick up the pace.
5/2023 - One way to get heat pump purchases and installations faster in communities is to aggregate local demand and take advantage of bulk buying strategies, based on a new TAF-commissioned report. TAF Director, Ekaterina Tzekova’s new blog highlights what we learned.
A tale of two cities: What we learned from recent gas plant proposals
2/2023 - Two recent votes on proposed gas plant expansions in Ontario show the powerful potential for city councils to make the right choices on the road to a low-carbon future. But only if they get the facts and data they need to support their decisions.
Climate and quality of life in Canada’s budget 2023
1/2023 - The opportunity for Canada to support vibrant, low-carbon cities is upon us with budget season underway. TAF's 2023 federal budget recommendations emphasize key investments in heat pumps, EV charging in multi-family buildings, and distributed energy resources.
Ontario’s once-in-a generation opportunity to modernize and decarbonize our electricity grid
11/2022 - Since exploring how decarbonizing the grid would impact various communities, TAF commissioned a new report showing the most affordable way to meet rising electricity demand is through a mix of energy efficiency, solar, wind and storage.
Ontario’s next gas plant scandal
10/2022 - On October 7th, Ontario’s Minister of Energy directed the IESO to procure 1,500 megawatts of new natural gas plants to generate electricity. This decision was taken without any public consultation, based on a short IESO report with no financial analysis or comparison of other pathways. Amidst increasing fossil fuel prices and plummeting costs of readily available clean solutions, investing in new gas plants would be environmentally and fiscally reckless. But it’s not a done deal.
It’s now or never for clean electricity in Canada
8/2022 - Electricity is the fourth largest source of emissions in Canada, and the electricity demand is growing as we electrify buildings and transportation. The Clean Electricity Regulation is key to making Canada’s electricity supply net-zero by 2035. The federal government recently requested input from stakeholders on a proposed frame of one of Canada’s most critical climate policies, the Clean Electricity Regulation.