* Nanticoke, Lambton power plants to close by end of 2013
* Province aims to end coal power generation by end 2014
CALGARY, Alberta Jan 10 Ontario, the largest
and wealthiest Canadian province, will close two of its largest
coal-fired power plants by the end of 2013, a year earlier than
expected, the provincial government said on Thursday.
The province will close four remaining coal units at the
2,000-megawatt Nanticoke Generating Station on the north shore
of Lake Erie and the 950-megawatt Lambton Generating Station on
the St. Clair River 26 kilometers (16 miles) south of Sarnia by
year end, the government said in a release.
Ontario's Liberal government, which has been moving to
eliminate coal-fired electricity since 2003 to reduce
greenhouse-gas emissions, said the early closing was a result of
conservation efforts, improvements to the distribution grid and
a more diverse supply of clean energy.
The government has set a target of producing 13 percent of
Ontario's energy from renewable sources by 2018 and zero from
coal by late 2014. The last remaining coal units, a 300-megawatt
plant near Thunder Bay, is still scheduled to close by the end
of next year.
However, the Liberal government, led by soon-to-retire
Premier Dalton McGuinty, has been under fire for its green
energy strategy. The World Trade Organization ruled last month
that a provincial scheme that saw higher prices paid to
green-power suppliers using local technology broke its
The WTO said the plan was unfair to foreign companies.