City of St. Catharines Supports Lake Ontario Offshore Network

ST. CATHARINES, ON, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The City of St. Catharines is the latest Ontario community to express its support for offshore wind in Ontario. At a Council meeting earlier this month, St. Catharines City Council approved a motion supporting the efforts of The Lake Ontario Offshore Network (LOON) - a newly formed consortium of Lake Ontario based organizations that have come together to encourage and facilitate the development of offshore wind power in Ontario.

The City of St. Catharines joins the Lake Ontario communities of Port Colborne, Kingston and Hamilton in supporting LOON.

The motion approved by Council encourages the Ontario Government to remove the roadblocks to allow the development of offshore wind in Ontario and supports efforts to bring the associated jobs to Ontario.

St. Catharines has a strong network of highly skilled labour, a thriving academic community and a solid base of professionals that are ready to participate in the offshore wind power industry. We see the value in pursing offshore wind energy and there are opportunities and uncapped potential in this sector that should be explored," stated Brian McMullan, Mayor of the City of St. Catharines.

With more than 2,900 MW of offshore wind power proposed in the Great Lakes over the next five years, the Lake Ontario Offshore Network is preparing for the anticipated growth in offshore wind energy and encouraging Ontario's government to do what it can to attract these jobs and investments to Ontario.

SOURCE Lake Ontario Offshore Network (LOON)

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