AMO Welcomes Leadership on Green Energy



    TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - Ontario municipalities look forward to working
with the Ontario Government to make our province a world leader in green
energy, says Peter Hume, President of the Association of Municipalities of
Ontario (AMO). Hume attended introduction of the Province's new Green Energy
legislation at Queen's Park today before returning to the 2009 ROMA / OGRA
Conference at Toronto's Royal York Hotel.
    "Municipal governments appreciate that renewable energy is a top priority
for Ontario. Affordable and sustainable energy is critical to the prosperity
of our communities," said Peter Hume, President of the Association of
Municipalities of Ontario.
    The proposed legislation would open doors to generating more electricity
from renewable sources such as wind, sunlight, geothermal and bio-gas.
Ontario's green energy plan would increase energy conservation and local
generation, while decreasing transmission costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
Similarly, revenue to municipalities could increase, while costs decline.
    "In times like these, we all have to embrace opportunities," added Hume.
"And there are plenty of new opportunities for municipalities in these green
energy proposals."
    AMO expects that proposals to change municipal planning authority will be
offset by processes that provide for municipal input and public consultation
on energy issues. Planning and consultation are cornerstones of good
government.
    "AMO will work with the Minister to develop planning standards and
processes that provide for community input."

    AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's 444
municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government
in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and
essential component of Ontario and Canada's political system.





For further information:

For further information: Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, (416)
729-5425


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