Energy Plan to Strengthen Green Ontario



    
    McGuinty Government Emphasizes Reliance on Renewables, Conservation;
    Core Elements of Nuclear Rebuild and Coal Elimination Unchanged
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario's long-term energy strategy is getting a fine-tuning as a key
part of the McGuinty government's drive to "green" the province and keep it
economically competitive and prosperous.
    The McGuinty government is directing the Ontario Power Authority to
review a modest portion of its proposed Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP),
focusing on renewable energy and conservation.
    The IPSP is currently the subject of hearings before the Ontario Energy
Board to determine whether the plan meets the government's directives and is
economically prudent and cost effective. All other elements of the IPSP could
continue during the review period.
    Since 2003, significant progress has been made in the renaissance of
Ontario's energy sector, including developing a plan to get rid of coal-fired
generation by 2014 and renewing Ontario's nuclear fleet. Progress on bringing
more renewable energy into the supply mix has been impressive: more than
530 MW of renewable energy is already online.
    This progress has cleared the path for the review announced today, which
is designed to ensure Ontario is maximizing its potential to provide clean,
green, renewable power to homes and businesses across the province - and a new
generation of "green-collar" careers and industry.

    The review will include:

    
    -  The amount and diversity of renewable energy sources in the supply
       mix.
    -  The viability of accelerating the achievement of stated conservation
       targets, including a review of the deployment and utilization of smart
       meters.
    -  The improvement of transmission capacity in the orange zones in
       northern Ontario and other parts of the province that is limiting the
       development of new renewable energy supply.
    -  The potential of converting existing coal-fired assets to biomass.
    -  The availability of distributed generation.
    -  The potential for pumped storage to contribute to the energy supply
       during peak times.
    

    Further, the OPA is directed to employ an enhanced process of
consultation with First Nation and Métis communities, including the
consideration of partnership opportunities in generation and transmission.

    QUOTES

    "Ontarians are fortunate to have clean energy sources like nuclear and
Niagara Falls as the foundation of their supply," said George Smitherman,
Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. "Building on this
foundation with a strengthened renewables and conservation agenda will allow
us to create jobs and further reduce our impact on the environment."

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -  Ontario's plan to end coal-fired electrical generation will reduce
       Ontario's carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30 megatonnes. That's the
       single largest climate change initiative in Canada.

    -  Alongside California, Ontario is a North American leader in energy
       efficiency standards for appliances and other products. Ontario's
       building code standards for energy efficiency are among the highest in
       the country.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Read more about Ontario's Go Green plan to fight climate change at
www.ene.gov.on.ca/publications/6445e.pdf

    Later today, get the prepared text of Minister George Smitherman's speech
on enhancing Ontario's energy plan at
www.energy.gov.on.ca/index.cfm?fuseaction=about.speeches. Video and audio
clips of the Minister's address will also be posted to the site as they become
available.

    Learn how every Ontarian can make a difference. Visit
www.additupontario.ca

    
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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 327-6747;
Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, (416) 327-4334

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