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Vehicle-to-Building/Grid Integration

Aug 3, 2021 – Ontario Clean Air Alliance submission to the IESO
Prepared by Kent Elson


  1. EV batteries with bi-directional chargers are cheaper than gas plants for peak power
  2. EVs are an enormous opportunity to lower electricity rates & carbon emissions
  3. By 2030, EVs will have more than twice the capacity of Ontario’s gas plants
  4. When all cars are electric, their gross discharge capacity (GW) will be more than 6
    times Ontario’s total peak demand
  5. Technical barriers to bi-directional charging have largely disappeared (with more bidirectional-capable cars and chargers and million+ mile batteries)
  6. This is urgent – it is cheaper to incentivize bi-directional charging now before
    millions of “dumb” and “one-directional” chargers are purchased

City Council approves bold strategy to reduce emissions from existing buildings to net zero by 2050, updates Toronto Green Standard

July 14, 2021 – City of Toronto Media Room News Releases & Other Resources

Today, City Council approved multiple strategies and plans that will be critical to achieving the City of Toronto’s TransformTO goal to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to net zero by 2050 or sooner. This includes a Net Zero Existing Buildings Strategy to decarbonize all existing residential, commercial and institutional buildings within the next 30 years; a Net Zero Carbon Plan to reduce emissions in City-owned buildings; and an update to the Toronto Green Standard to achieve net zero emissions in new development by 2030.

Sudbury buys four Tesla Model 3s for non-emergency EMS calls

April 22, 2021 – Electric Autonomy

The City of Sudbury is incorporating fully electric vehicles into its community paramedic fleet, building on its leadership in municipal vehicle electrification. by Emma Jarratt

Powerful Ontario developers stand to cash in if Highway 413 is built. An inside look at their connections to the Ford government

The premier’s office says the 413 is needed to serve a growing population and relieve pressure on highways that will soon be over capacity. The province has approved controversial MZOs to help fast-track development on lands owned by some major developers

Steve Buist,Emma McIntosh and Noor Javed – Toronto Star Saturday, April 3, 2021

Eight of Ontario’s most powerful land developers own thousands of acres of prime real estate near the proposed route of the controversial Highway 413, a Torstar/National Observer investigation has found.

It took 8½ years of advocating for the return of the Northlander. 

March 24, 2021

Today the Northeastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) is excited to announce the Ontario government has committed to funding the next step to moving forward on the project with $5M and hopefully then to the final stage: putting ‘bums in seats’ on the train between Toronto and Timmins/Cochrane.

Lucille Frith and Howie Wilcox, NEORN Co-Chairs

Ontario students push teachers to pressure pension fund to divest from fossil fuels
A flare stack lights the sky from a refinery in Edmonton on December 28, 2018. An environmental coalition is appealing to Ontario teachers to pressure their pension fund to divest from companies that develop or transport fossil fuel products.

 A group of students from across Ontario read a letter to their teachers, asking them to push the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to stop investing their retirement savings in oil, gas, coal, and pipeline companies.

Grade 11 student Aliya Hirji urges teachers to “step up and take action now” and “stop investing your money in climate failure.”

By The Canadian Press Thu., Jan. 7, 2021

Seven members of Doug Ford’s Greenbelt Council resign over conservation authority changes

The Greenbelt Council is a government-appointed expert panel that advises the province on issues related to the Greenbelt, a stretch of protected land surrounding the Greater Toronto Area that Ford has promised not to develop.

By Emma McIntosh | News, Politics | December 6th 2020 National Observer

Three-letter acronym now ‘a weapon of mass destruction in the planning world,’ critics say

Opponents say Minister’s Zoning Orders ignore environmental concerns while kowtowing to developers. Local resident Bob Codd says the province and municipalities are employing Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs) with fervent abandon to the detriment of both the environment and due process

Nov 20, 2020 1:53 PM By: Andrew Philips –


In a groundbreaking judgement, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled the climate crisis doesthreaten fundamental rights protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and that Canadian citizens can therefore challenge their governments’ climate failures on constitutional grounds,

The Energy Mix – NOVEMBER 16, 2020

‘The developers are all in control’: Doug Ford’s government moves to limit the power of conservation authorities, sparking fears for the environment

New legislation by Doug Ford’s provincial government will override the powers of Ontario’s conservation authorities, limiting their ability to assess the environmental impact of developments across the province, according to environmental groups.
Noor Javed
– Toronto Star – Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Hamilton City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Government of Ontario to phase-out the province’s gas-fired power plants by 2030.

According to the City of Hamilton resolution, a fossil-free provincial electricity system is critically important for the City to achieve its climate goals in part by replacing fossil fuels with electric vehicles, electric buses and electric heat pumps. – Clean Air Alliance – November 11, 2020

Kitchener and Halton Hills call for the phasing-out of Ontario’s gas-fired power plants

Yesterday the City of Kitchener and the Town of Halton Hills became the first municipalities to request the Government of Ontario to start phasing-out Ontario’s gas-fired power plants. You can download a draft resolution to send to your council here. You can sign as an individual here.

October 27, 2020 Building a clean, green grid, Bulletins


The City of Ottawa has released a long-awaited energy transition plan that has it eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions, phasing out all fossil fuel use, shifting all heating and transportation to electricity or other zero-emission options, and adding 4.4 gigawatts of new solar and wind capacity by 2050.


Tay Valley Township Approves First Climate Action Plan

Posted on Wednesday September 16,

In late August the Council of Tay Valley Township approved Taking Steps to Make a Difference – A Climate Action Plan 2020. The Plan sets two targets – a 55% reduction in municipal greenhouse gas emissions by 2028 and a 45% reduction in community emissions.  The municipal target reflects the call by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 7.6 per cent a year, each year, in order to hold the average global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

A car-less dream of a Muskoka for all

Proposals abound to plan for a greener, post-pandemic future. Most focus on cities, where 81 per cent of Canadians live. But, a truly national plan must include how to connect cities with rural areas without relying on internal combustion (ICE) vehicles.

By Gordon Laxer, Gravenhurst, September 13, 2020 – The Star

Guelph to add 65 electric buses to public transit fleet through $177 million investment

The electrification strategy involves replacing 35 currently operational diesel buses with EVs, as well as commissioning 30 new electric buses and installing on-route charging stations.

16 January 2020 – ELECTRIC AUTONOMY