Durham leads Ontario into the future - Regional energy cluster DSEA welcomes the Ontario government's bold decision for new nuclear build at Darlington



    DURHAM, ON, June 16 /CNW/ - Durham Region's energy industry is leading
Ontario into the future with an announcement by the provincial government
today that Ontario Power Generation will operate a two-unit nuclear station in
Clarington at the Darlington site.
    This announcement, which reinforces Durham's position as the energy
capital of Ontario, brings with it the potential for about 3,500 jobs in the
construction of the station alone, with further jobs for highly-skilled
nuclear employees for decades to come.
    "There are obvious reasons for lending our support to the Clarington
site," says Kamiel Gabriel, Ph.D., Durham Strategic Energy Alliance Chair and
Associate Provost of Research at UOIT. "Nuclear power generation in Clarington
and Durham Region has, for many years, enjoyed the support of the community.
It has served as part of the foundation for the development of a very
significant energy cluster here in Durham which is placing Ontario on the
world stage. The skills, infrastructure, research capabilities and community
support available today have already attracted several diverse energy
companies and investors and created new jobs."
    Michael Angemeer, DSEA's past chair, and the President and CEO of
Veridian Corporation adds, "Ontario needs a strong energy supply mix moving
forward that includes the large-volume energy base load power from nuclear
combined with a determined focus on energy conservation, demand management,
natural gas generation and renewable energy development including wind, solar,
geothermal and hydrogen. Durham Region and the DSEA are committed to the
development of this supply mix and the promotion of high value uses of
electricity."
    This decision will expand a globally competitive energy cluster which is
already based in Durham and would greatly enhance Ontario's ability to
leverage this significant investment. Durham region is also home to Ontario's
newest university, UOIT with its special offering of advanced nuclear
engineering and energy systems programs, and Durham College with an emphasis
on skilled trades development. This cluster of business, academia and
municipalities is becoming instrumental in developing the next generation of
nuclear technology and expertise not only in Ontario but also for the rest of
North America, creating high quality, knowledge based jobs for Ontario.

    The DSEA's 48 members are committed to the development of clean, reliable
energy solutions in partnerships with businesses, municipal and provincial
governments and academic institutions in the Durham region and Ontario. Our
membership represents all sectors of energy from production to transmission to
distribution to conservation as well as research, development,
commercialization and deployment of technologies. Our activities now extend
beyond our borders and include national and international partners, and
exploring the link between energy and transportation systems. The DSEA grew
out of a collective belief in Durham that only through effective and
cooperative partnerships, can we achieve our goals, and with the help of our
provincial partners we are succeeding.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Tony Doyle, University of
Ontario Institute of Technology, (905) 721-8668 ext.2209, tony.doyle@uoit.ca;
Michael Angemeer, Veridian Corporation, work: 1-888-445-8221 ext. 2200, cell:
(289) 314-2598, mangemeer@veridian.on.ca

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