CanWEA applauds announcement of new investments in Ontario's Electricity Transmission System



    OTTAWA, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association
(CanWEA) applauds today's announcement by Hydro One that it will act on the
recommendation of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and begin the process of
seeking approvals for a new transmission line to deliver electricity from the
Bruce region to Ontario's electricity consumers.
    "Transmission constraints in the Bruce region are currently an obstacle
to wind energy development in an area that has some of southern Ontario's best
wind resources", says Robert Hornung, CanWEA President. "New transmission
capacity in this area is essential if Ontario is to capture its potential for
clean and renewable energy development and today's announcement is an
important step in that process".
    In a report released last fall, the OPA indicated that the new investment
in transmission infrastructure announced today would allow approximately 1,700
MW of new renewable electricity generation (primarily wind energy) to reliably
transmit power to electricity consumers. Ontario currently has 415 MW of
installed wind energy capacity and the draft Integrated Power System Plan
developed by the OPA envisions 5,000 MW of wind energy in Ontario by 2020.
    Wind energy produces no air pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. In
addition to its environmental benefits, wind energy delivers substantial
economic benefits to rural communities through investment and job creation,
lease income for landowners, and a new tax base for municipal governments.

    The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) represents more than 300
companies involved in Canada's wind energy industry, including wind turbine
and component manufacturers, wind energy project developers, and service
providers to the wind energy industry.




For further information:

For further information: Robert Hornung, (613) 234-8716, X 224,
www.canwea.ca


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