Ontario, Canada's most populous province, will shut down the last of its coal plants in southern Ontario by the end of 2013, a year ahead of schedule.
The early closure of Ontario's two largest coal-fired electricity plants, Nanticoke and Lambton, comes as a result of the province's improved, smarter electricity grid, increased efficiency, strong conservation efforts and diversified supply of clean energy.
Facts about Ontario and coal power:
· Since 2003, Ontario has cut its use of coal by nearly 90 percent.
· Ontario currently uses less coal-fired generation in its energy mix than any G8 nation.
· In 2014, Ontario's use of coal is expected to be less than 1 per cent of total electricity generation, down from 25 percent in 2003.
· The province will have shut down 17 of 19 coal units by the end of 2013. By the end of 2014, Ontario will be one of the first places in the world to eliminate coal as a source of electricity production.
· Today, more than 80 percent of the power generated in Ontario comes from clean energy sources such as water, nuclear and renewables.
· Ontario's elimination of coal-fired electricity is equivalent of taking up to 7 million cars off the road.
· Ontario's greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector will decrease dramatically as a result of becoming coal-free, from a high of 41.4 megatons in 2000 to only five megatons post-2020.