Key Issues

Proposed Pump Storage Project

TC Energy is proposing to develop an energy storage facility that would provide 1,000 megawatts of flexible, clean energy to Ontario’s electricity system using a process known as pumped storage.

Save Georgian Bay

Save Georgian Bay, a Meaford-based citizen’s group with supporters across the region, opposes TC Energy’s proposed pumped storage project co-located at the existing 4th Canadian Division Training Centre on Department of National Defence (DND) lands in Meaford (on the Niagara Escarpment and in Georgian Bay).

Environmental Impact

The Save Georgian Bay Association issued a Strategic Environmental Assessment report that challenges the claim of TC Energy that this project is “One of Canada’s largest climate change initiatives.” As claimed, the proposed project will not reduce carbon levels in the earth’s atmosphere. In fact, it will likely increase carbon levels, as discussed in Section 8.0. Our research concludes a net increase in carbon emissions when all factors are considered. Furthermore, others have proposed viable alternatives that achieve the purpose of off-peak energy utilization while reducing carbon emissions and not harming the environment or posing a risk to human life. 

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SGB’s Message The jobs that TC Energy will create are temporary in nature, not adding long term value to the
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SGB’sMessage TC Energy’s proposed pumped storage project is not an environmentally responsible solution for Ontario. TCE’s Message The project’s zero
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The 375 acre reservoir will be located above a residential neighbourhood. Even the smallest risk of a reservoir breach is
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SGB’s Message Increasing power demand, a desire to phase out natural gas-fired generation, and an expected decommissioning of nuclear plants
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SGB’s Message The project will pose a significant burden on Ontario ratepayers who will fund  the project through taxes and
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