CanSIA Disappointed with Ontario's Suspension of LRP II

Ministry of Energy's decision will have significant ramifications for Ontario

OTTAWA, Sept. 27, 2016 /CNW/ - John Gorman, President and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) released this statement following today's announcement that Ontario will suspend the second round of its Large Renewable Procurement (LRP II) process.

"CanSIA is disappointed with the Government of Ontario's decision to suspend the LRP II procurement as it represents a significant back-step from previously committed renewables procurement in the Province that we believe will be required to deal with supply and GHG emission risks, such as delayed nuclear refurbishment schedules, un-met conservation targets, or increased demand as a result of electrification to meet the province's climate change targets. Cancelling or delaying the procurement of renewable electricity could leave Ontario unprepared to effectively deal with these risks cost-effectively and without increasing electricity sector GHG emissions.

CanSIA remains hopeful that the upcoming Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) process will provide further opportunities for the industry. Both the Ministers of Energy and Environment and Climate Change have received mandate letters which include a strong focus for reducing electricity sector GHG emissions even under high electrification scenarios, encouraging the growth of renewables, and making Ontario one of the most cost effective North American jurisdictions for installing solar panels. Through the LTEP CanSIA will be advocating for the Ministry of Energy to adopt policies that encourage greater consumer choice in the adoption of energy solutions to meet communities' power needs and GHG reduction targets."

About the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)
CanSIA is a national trade association that represents the solar energy industry throughout Canada. Since 1992, CanSIA has worked to develop a strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar energy industry with capacity to provide innovative solar energy solutions and to play a major role in the global transition to a sustainable, clean-energy future. Learn more at www.cansia.ca. Follow CanSIA on Twitter and Facebook.

SOURCE Canadian Solar Industries Association

For further information: or for interview opportunities, please contact: Erin Seegmiller, Administrative and Communications Assistant, Canadian Solar Industries Association, 613-736-9077 ext. 221, eseegmiller@cansia.ca


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