When energy is clean, reliable, affordable, our province benefits: Energy Minister Todd Smith

Electric vehicles. Credit: Unsplash/John Cameron

Niagara Falls/CMEDIA: Low-Carbon Hydrogen Strategy has been released by the Ontario government position Ontario as a clean manufacturing and transportation hub, ready to support new investments to produce clean steel, electric vehicles (EV), and the batteries that power them, and facilitate the creation of more jobs and reducing emissions.

Based on Natural Resources Canada modeling, Ontario’s low-carbon hydrogen strategy could not only support over 100,000 jobs, it will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 megatonnes per year by 2050, the equivalent of taking about 15 million cars off the road.

“When energy is clean, reliable, and affordable, our whole province benefits, said Todd Smith, Minister of Energy in a news release.

Ontario’s strategy is guided Generate economic development and jobs by accelerating growth in Ontario’s low-carbon hydrogen economy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the use of low-carbon hydrogen, and Promoting energy diversity by showcasing its cost-effectively low-carbon hydrogen energy system, building redundancies through electricity storage and clean fuel supply, promoting innovation and investment, and strengethening collaboration.

“Supporting innovation and investment in clean technologies will help secure a cleaner, more prosperous Ontario now and for generations to come,” said David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks in the news release.

As part of this strategy, a proposal from Atura Power, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is being supported by the government to build, own and operate the province’s largest low-carbon hydrogen production facility in Niagara Falls and expand the province’s hydrogen production capacity eight-fold including an exemption from the Gross Revenue Charge for electricity generated at the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station used specifically for hydrogen production.

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