Green Energy Creates Jobs



    Proposed New Act Would Result in 50,000 New Jobs

    TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Premier Dalton McGuinty says a proposed Green Energy Act would help lead
to more than 50,000 new jobs over the next three years.
    The Green Energy Act, to be introduced in the Ontario legislature later
this month, would establish Ontario as a leader in North America in building
renewable energy, encouraging energy conservation and creating green jobs.

    
    The bill would help the government ensure our province's future by:

    -  Supporting and expanding economic investment, thus building a
       stronger, greener economy with an estimated 50,000+ direct and
       indirect jobs over the next three years
    -  Expanding Ontario's use of clean and renewable sources of energy such
       as wind, solar, biomass and biogas
    -  Better protecting our environment, combating climate change and
       creating a healthier future for generations to come.
    

    McGuinty made his comments in a speech to The Canadian Club of Toronto.

    QUOTES

    "Because of our Green Energy Act, our province would be greener,
stronger, and in a better position to compete and win against the rest of the
world. We're going to seize this opportunity to build a better Ontario -
better for jobs, better for our children, better for our planet," said Premier
Dalton McGuinty.
    "Everywhere I go in Ontario, people tell me they want us to build a
greener province. I'll be introducing legislation soon that would make Ontario
a world-leading jurisdiction for renewable energy, with best-in-class programs
designed to yield best-in-class progress to attract investment and create 21st
century job opportunities for Ontarians," said George Smitherman, Deputy
Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  Ontario has brought almost 1,000 megawatts of new renewable energy on-
       line since 2003. In 2008, 25 per cent of Ontario's electricity came
       from renewable sources. One of North America's largest solar farms is
       currently under construction near Sarnia.

    -  Ontario is Canada's leader in wind power, going from 10 turbines to
       589 spinning today and 975 by 2012. Canada's two largest wind farms
       are located here, and in 2009, more than 1,200 megawatts will be
       online. That's enough to power almost 325,000 homes.

    -  Investments in renewable energy projects which have come online since
       2003, or are currently under construction in Ontario, total $3.5
       billion and have created about 2,700 direct and indirect jobs.

    LEARN MORE

    Read more about Ontario's energy system (http://www.energy.gov.on.ca./)
and green energy (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/energy/renewable/).

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