Renewable energy, industry, labour and environmental advocates ready to
shape Ontario's next generation of manufacturing
TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - Ontario has the potential to be transformed into
the world's leading manufacturer of renewable energy generation equipment and
help set the stage for a "green revolution" in our economy.
Toronto's Trillium Power Wind Corporation and several other groups
announced the launch of the TAI WIND CONSORTIUM to build offshore wind-power
turbines and equipment in Canada. The project is the first step in
establishing a sustainable, long-term, global "green-collar" manufacturing
economy, especially in light of signs of Ontario's industrial slowdown caused
by the U.S. recession.
This project is the product of decades of research and nearly two years
of negotiations, according to Trillium president and CEO John Kourtoff.
"Fossil fuel supplies are dwindling, and the energy they produce is expensive,
dirty, and can consume large amounts of water. The world is rapidly embracing
various forms of renewable energy such as wind power, and especially
consistent and stronger power from offshore wind, and Ontario has the offshore
wind resources, facilities, work force and innovative spirit to bring it to
the world. We know that TAI WIND can lead the way in building the foundation
of a fully integrated green-collar economy," he said.
The TAI WIND CONSORTIUM is a partnership led by Trillium Power Wind
Corporation and includes other offshore wind developers in the United States
with several more in discussion to join. It is an ambitious initiative to
build a solid economic foundation to bolster Ontario's manufacturing sector
and place Canada as a leader in eco-friendly innovation. TAI WIND intends to
aggregate its purchase of turbines and towers as well as transmission cables,
barges and other equipment and services from North American suppliers.
A recent report for the Ontario Power Authority on offshore wind
submitted to the Ontario Energy Board determined that there were 64 feasible
offshore wind development sites on the Ontario side of the Great Lakes that
could generate 34,500 MW of power using 5-MW turbines. That could provide well
over 60 years of renewable energy development and green-collar manufacturing
employment for many thousands of Ontario workers.
"The TAI WIND initiative is the largest, most ambitious renewable energy
supply project in North American history," said CAW president Buzz Hargrove.
"With the help of hard-working Ontarians, TAI WIND will help the province, the
country and the world light our houses and businesses without damaging the
ecosystem while creating well-paying, sustainable jobs our workers need."
Trillium Power recently finalized two ground-breaking agreements to help
develop training programs for the installation and maintenance of both onshore
and offshore wind-power equipment with Kingston's St. Lawrence College as well
as the First Nations Training Institute.
"Offshore wind power can make a huge contribution to a reliable,
efficient and environmentally friendly electricity supply for Ontario, and can
generate quality jobs and manufacturing opportunities here at home," said José
Etcheverry of the David Suzuki Foundation. "But to make this happen, Ontario
needs to put in place the right policy framework for the electricity sector
and incentives for creating jobs and manufacturing in green, low-carbon
"TAI WIND holds promise for securing Ontario's place in the global
economy at the forefront of renewable energy development," said Jean-Francois
Beland speaking on behalf of Multibrid GmbH. Multibrid has begun analysis of a
complete offshore wind turbine manufacturing supply-chain model for North
America and is holding discussions with TAI WIND and other parties. "In the
Great Lakes region, neighbouring jurisdictions like New York, Michigan and
Wisconsin are all pursuing ambitious wind-power agendas, and TAI WIND is
working to help position Ontario to supply North America and the western
hemisphere with the needed equipment."
One such development that TAI WIND is intended to supply is Trillium
Power's proposed 750-MW TPW1 offshore project in Lake Ontario, approximately
20 kilometres southeast of Prince Edward County. The project will be able to
power up to 300,000 Ontario homes and reduce carbon emissions by 3 million
tonnes a year compared to coal generation, 1.7 million tonnes a year compared
to natural gas, and eliminate the consumption of 4.9 billion litres of water a
year used for conventional power generation.
Ontarians strongly support more renewable energy development, and
offshore wind power in particular, to meet the energy needs of the future. The
existing Ontario power-purchasing model, however, does not currently include
any avenue by which large-scale renewable projects, such as offshore wind
developments, can equally and fairly compete for contracts against
conventional forms of energy generation.
TAI WIND and Trillium Power together look forward to the opportunity to
deliver the clean, reliable power that Ontarians want. For more information,
For further information:
For further information: John Kourtoff, President and CEO, Trillium Wind
Power Corporation, (416) 461-8484; Buzz Hargrove, President, Canadian Auto
Workers, (416) 495-6555; José Etcheverry, David Suzuki Foundation, (416)
644-1032; Jean-Francois Beland, Multibrid GmbH, (905) 421-2600; Julia Langer,
Director, Global Threats Program, World Wildlife Fund - Canada, (416)