McGuinty government rules out Lakeview site for electricity plant



    Southwest area of the GTA to get a power boost

    TORONTO, July 16 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The McGuinty government announced today that Lakeview's future in
electricity generation is over and next steps are underway to ensure residents
in the growing Southwestern Greater Toronto Area, including Mississauga,
Etobicoke, and Oakville, will have a much-needed supply of local power.
    The former Lakeview Generating Station, which operated on the waterfront
of Lake Ontario in Mississauga was closed in 2005 as part of the government's
plan to phase out dirty coal-fired generation in favour of a cleaner and
greener energy future. With other possible site options available for a
natural gas plant, Lakeview has been ruled out as a potential site for the new
project.
    The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure will direct the province's
energy planner, the Ontario Power Authority, to launch a competitive bidding
process for a combined-cycle natural gas plant of about 850 megawatts in the
area. This plant will meet the need for new, clean, reliable power in an area
where demand is growing.
    As part of Ontario's energy supply planning, Eastern Power has completed
the necessary environmental assessment requirements to move forward on its new
280-megawatt Greenfield South combined-cycle gas plant.

    QUOTES

    "As Ontario gets off of coal we will enhance renewable energy and
stimulate conservation," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister
of Energy and Infrastructure. "Natural gas will deliver reliability when
demand is particularly high."

    "Ruling out Lakeview as a site for this new gas plant is an important
moment in the history of our community," said Charles Sousa, MPP for
Mississauga South. "Many people in our community have worked hard for this,
and now we can continue to work together on the next chapter, to revitalize
our waterfront."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   By the end of 2008, nearly 4,000 MW of renewable energy projects will
        be completed or underway
    -   The IPSP calls for 500 MW of conservation to be in place in the West
        GTA region by 2014, which is part of a broader 1,100 MW GTA-wide
        requirement.
    -   In its final full year of operation, Lakeview released more than two
        million tonnes (2.3m) of greenhouse gas emissions. When the plant was
        shut down in 2005, it was the equivalent of taking 460,000 cars off
        the road for a year.
    -   The new plant will reduce Ontario's carbon footprint by producing
        less than half the greenhouse gases, less than a third of the
        nitrogen oxides and about one per cent of the sulphur dioxide of an
        average coal-fired plant.

    LEARN MORE

    Read more about Go Green, Ontario's action plan on climate change.
    (www.gogreenontario.ca)

    Learn about Ontario's plan for cleaner, greener electricity
    (http://www.energy.gov.on.ca/index.cfm?fuseaction=english.renewable).
    (www.energy.gov.on.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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