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.
Three reasons investors should take a closer look at bidirectional charging technology
8/2022 - Vehicle-to-building or grid technology, enabled by bi-directional chargers, allows electric vehicles to function as mobile energy storage assets. Find out how this critical tech will drive electrification and why this is the time for other investors to get in.
Clean fuel regulations won’t reduce emissions as needed – what’s next?
7/2022 - After six years of work, it would be easy for climate advocates to feel frustrated about the missed opportunity of the Clean Fuel Regulations. But the regulations were just one opportunity to decarbonize. Get involved by urging government to follow through on two other upcoming federal policies to decarbonize transportation.
How this small Ontario city is leading on public EV charging
6/2022 - Perhaps surprisingly, Burlington, Ontario has more charging stations per capita than any other city in the GTHA, with over 30 public stations per 50,000 people. I interviewed Lynn Robichaud, Manager of Environmental Sustainability at the City of Burlington, about what it takes to lead on EV charging installation and management.