Ontario, Canada Antes Up $20 Million For Public Charging Infrastructure
What to do when there is only ~6 public DC fast charging stations in your province of 13.7 million?
If you are Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and you happen to also be at the Paris Climate talks, you announce investing $20 million out of your new $325 million “new green investment fund” to boost the technology.
The full details of the program will be released shortly but the bulk of the $20 million will go to subsidizing public and private enterprise looking to install Level 3/DC fast charging infrastructure, with the balance to public L2.
Ms. Wynne said during the announcement of the program:
“Climate change is already costing the people of Ontario. It has devastated communities, damaged homes, businesses and crops, and increased insurance costs. Our government’s new Green Investment Fund will support concrete steps towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Building more charging stations will promote sustainable transportation while empowering people in Ontario who want to take action in the fight against climate change.”
The public charging program gets underway in the next fiscal year and will be allocated on a first come-first serve basis.
“This is great news for drivers in Ontario. By investing in charging infrastructure that is fast, reliable and affordable we will encourage more Ontarians to purchase electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas pollution and keeping our air clean.” – Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
Currently, there are just over 5,500 plug-in vehicles operating in Ontario (through October 2015). This despite the fact that the government also issues $8,500 rebate checks for every EV sold* (provided they meet minimum battery capacity standards). No mention was made of extending the rebate program, as it is set to expire once cheque #10,000 is issued.
The Ontario government also issued this fact list surrounding COP21 and its new sustainability initiatives:
- The government’s new $325 million Green Investment Fund was announced in the 2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.
- While at COP21, Premier Wynne joined Québec Premier Philippe Couillard and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger in signing a new MOU that lays out the intent to link the cap and trade programs in all three provinces under the Western Climate Initiative, further strengthening North America’s largest carbon market.
- Transportation in Ontario is the single-largest emitting sector in our economy. Greenhouse gases from cars account for more emissions than those from industries such as iron, steel, cement, and chemicals combined. With a growing population and expanding urban regions, transportation emissions pose one of the province’s greatest challenges in achieving its emissions targets.
- In just 10 years, Ontario has become a North American leader in the development, use and manufacturing of clean energy.
- A Canada 2020 poll shows that 84 per cent of Canadians believe that prosperous countries such as Canada have an obligation to show international leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- In May 2015, Ontario became the first province in Canada to set a mid-term greenhouse gas pollution reduction target of 37 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030.
- There are approximately 5,400 electric vehicles currently registered in Ontario.