After over four years of debate and protest, the plan to construct a power plant in Oakville has been scrapped.
A year ago, Doug MacKenzie, who is running for Ward 6 Regional Councillor, drafted a paper for the premier that outlined material shifts in demand as well as “combination of a number of things,” that proved that there was “plenty of power on hand, and that the plant wasn’t needed in Oakville.”
Rob Burton, Kevin Flynn, and Citizens For Clean Air, all played a crucial role and showed a will to re-evaluate the power plant plan. “I stepped down about a month ago from the head of C4CA to run for council,” says MacKenzie. He says that, “C4CA formed an organization with technical expertise, and great volunteers who did an exceptional job.”
The power plant will not be constructed as cleaner energy has become more available in the past year as wind mills will begin to come online, as well as plenty of power that from sources that will be outlined in an upcoming fall report.
As for the future of the power plant issue in Oakville, MacKenzie says that until cleaner air can be promised it is recommended that no plant be placed. “There are other solutions for reliability of supply, and transmission alternatives,” he said, “there were issues with the reliability of transmission and transformer, there’s a lot to be done still, and a lot has been done.”
MacKenzie said, “in Ward 6, the power plant was a larger issue than I had perceived it to be.”
Currently, there is no plan to construct a power plant in any part of the GTA.