Ontarians Expect 50% Renewables by 2018

More than 600 people descended on the City of Kingston in Ontario, Canada as the World Wind Energy Conference 2008 kicked off this week. In support of the Conference, the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association released new polling results showing a majority of Ontarians anticipate getting their power from renewable sources by 2018.

According to the results, if renewable energy legislation were passed by the Ontario Government, 49% of respondents indicated that they would like to see renewable energy account for 74% of Ontario’s total electricity production. Similarly, 70% of respondents said that they believe that at least 50% of Ontario’s electricity generation should be produced by renewables by 2018. The poll was conducted between June 7 and June 9, 2008 and 1,170 people were questioned across the province. The study has a margin of error +/- 2.9%.

“The results clearly demonstrate a strong desire among a majority of Ontarians to include renewable energy production as a central ingredient in any future discussion of the provincial power supply system,” said Kris Stevens, executive director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. “We hope the Ontario Government recognizes the benefits of renewable energy and move quickly toward building capacity.”

The World Wind Energy Conference will last until this Thursday and features presentations on technology advances, policy innovation, governance, stakeholder engagement and the benefits associated with community power projects.

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