CALGARY, May 28 /CNW/ - Pristine Power Inc. (TSX: PPX) ("Pristine" or the "Company"), an independent Canadian developer and operator of electricity and steam generation facilities, today announced that the Ontario provincial government has commenced a public comment process concerning enactment of a regulation that would exempt the York Energy Centre project from the Ontario Planning Act. When such a regulation is enacted, the provisions of the Planning Act, including the requirement to obtain Site Plan approval, would no longer apply to the project. The project would also be exempt from the Township of King's recently enacted interim control bylaw for electricity projects. The proposed regulation is subject to a forty five (45) day comment period commencing today.
"We are pleased with the proposed regulation and the commitment to support this grid-critical infrastructure project, and we look forward to the completion of the comment period," said Jeffry M. Myers, President and CEO of Pristine. "The YEC project is well advanced with its environmental assessment complete, Certificates of Approval in hand and all major equipment and construction contracts executed. We continue to work with our lenders to ensure closing of the long-term debt can be completed upon a timely basis."
The York Energy Centre is a 393 MW natural gas fired peaking facility to be located in the Township of King under the terms of a 20 year peaking generation contract with the Ontario Power Authority. The Company holds a 50% interest in the project.
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Pristine (TSX: PPX) is in the business of developing, owning and operating independent power plants that produce and sell electricity and in some cases, sell process steam to industrial users. Pristine capitalizes on opportunities in the independent power market by actively pursuing the development of dependable, cost-effective and environmentally responsible power generation facilities utilizing technology with proven past performance. Pristine pursues a mix of large gas-fired, bioenergy and hydroelectric projects, and smaller replicable waste heat recovery ERG(R) and bioenergy projects. Pristine currently has three projects in operation, and two under contract and in advanced development. Pristine is developing projects in strategic regions of North America. Visit www.pristinepower.ca for more information.
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