Taking The Lead In Renewable Energy



    Erie Shores Wind Farm Creates Rural Opportunity, Clean Energy And New
    Revenue

    PORT BURWELL, ON, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - Ontario's surge in renewable energy is
making Ontario a North American leader in green energy and powering stronger
rural economies, says Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "The rural communities that have fed our people for generations are now
benefiting from the Ontario Liberals commitment to clean, green and renewable
energy," says Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "As Ontario has gone from last place under the Harris Conservatives to a
position of leadership in renewable energy under the Ontario Liberals, rural
communities like Port Burwell have harnessed a new source of economic growth."
    The community is home to the Erie Shores Wind Farm: 66 turbines producing
99 MW of electricity, enough to power 26,000 homes.
    During construction, 100 local jobs were created and $16.5 million was
invested in local businesses to cover the costs of construction materials.
Now, farmers who host Erie Shores' turbines share approximately $500,000 per
year.
    Provincewide, renewable energy projects are creating over 2,000
construction jobs, enough electricity to power over 600,000 homes and have the
potential to attract over $4.5 billion in investment.
    The Ontario Liberals' progress in renewable energy has attracted other
investment to the area as well. For example, DMI Industries opened operations
in Fort Erie in 2005. The company manufactures wind towers and employs 135
people.
    "We've made great progress, working together to strengthen our rural
communities, but there's more to do," said McGuinty. "In the coming years,
we're going to bring even more green energy online to strengthen even more
rural communities."
    The province has recently asked companies for their proposals to move
forward with more renewable energy projects - and that means more economic
opportunity for rural communities like Port Burwell.
    Under the Ontario Liberals, the province has gone from 10 to nearly 700
windmills that are in place or in the works. These include:

    
    Project            Size (MW)         Location             Completion

    Melancthon I       6                 Shelburne            2006
    Kingsbridge I      68                Goderich             2006
    Erie Shores        99                Port Burwell         2006
    Prince I           99                Sault Ste. Marie     2006
    Prince II          90                Sault Ste. Marie     2006
    Ripley             76                Ripley               2007
    KEPA               101               Port Alma            2008
    Wolfe Island       198               Kingston             2008
    Leader A and B     182               Kincardine           2008
    Melancton II       132               Shelburne            2008
    

    The Ontario Liberals' commitment to renewable energy from wind and solar
has captured the world's attention at the same time it has boosted local
economies.
    One of the world's largest solar farms is under construction near Sarnia.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recognized Ontario as a North
American leader in renewable energy during his visit here earlier this year.
And the New York Times describes Ontario as "the new frontier for alternative
energy."
    Companies are coming to the table because they are guaranteed a fair
price. With our Standard Offer Program, Ontario set a fixed price for
renewable energy projects. Initially, it set out to bring online 1,000 MW of
new, renewable energy with this program and it's well on its way to reaching
that target: so far, 140 contracts have been issued totalling 590 MW.
    "For the first time in a generation, we are working with a forward
looking, long-term energy plan - it's a responsible approach that is bringing
new investment to our communities and creating a culture of conservation,"
said Premier McGuinty.
    "When it comes to green energy that can power our province, and provide
economic opportunity in rural Ontario, we've come from last place to a
position of leadership in North America."

    
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