Ontario to close last southern coal plant

The province of Ontario, Canada, has announced plans to 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.

Since 2003 Ontario has cut its use of coal by nearly 90 percent, currently using less coal-fired generation in its energy mix than any G8 nation. Today more than 80 percent of the power generated in Ontario comes from clean energy sources such as water, nuclear, and renewables.

By 2014 Ontario’s use of coal is expected to be less than 1 percent of total electricity generation, down from 25 percent in 2003.

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