TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The Society of Energy Professionals
lauded the Wynne government's announcement that it will convert the
Thunder Bay Generating Station to advanced biomass generation. This key
infrastructure investment supports northern jobs and economic
development by securing its energy future, and cost-effectively reduces
Ontario's greenhouse gas emissions.
With plans to end coal generation at the Thunder Bay Generating Station
(TBGS) within the next year, The Society of Energy Professionals has
long advocated the conversion to biomass. This decision will save as
many as 100 good jobs at the Ontario Power Generation-operated TBGS and
open up new economic opportunities in the region. Though The Society is
pleased with the overall announcement, it notes that the government has
only committed to contract for 15,000 tonnes of fuel, or enough for the
plant to run at 2% capacity. As a result, The Society urges the
Ministry to build in flexibility to substantially increase that fuel
supply in order to sufficiently power the load growth expected from new
mining developments in the Ring of Fire.
"This is great news for northern Ontarians and demonstrates the
foresight of the Wynne government," said Society of Energy
Professionals President Scott Travers. "The biomass conversion will
save jobs and provide clean energy. In the longer-term, it also means
that Ontario will be able to see the benefits of its mineral wealth
through development of the Ring of Fire."
Mineral development will create 23,588 jobs. The economic impact will be
extraordinary with taxes alone totaling $16 billion over 17.5 years.
"Workers at the Thunder Bay plant are ecstatic. This ensures most of
them will continue to have good jobs supporting the new biomass plant
and be positive contributors to the local economy of Thunder Bay," said
The Society's OPG Local Vice President Joe Fierro, who also noted that
the City of Thunder Bay is a welcome host of this generating station.
"We are also pleased that the government has reaffirmed its confidence
in the publicly-owned Ontario Power Generation as a proven low-cost,
high-quality energy generator."
The Society of Energy Professionals represents 8,300 knowledge workers
and supervisors employed by 13 employers that are responsible for the
generation, transmission and regulation of energy in Ontario in both
the broader public and private sectors.
SOURCE: The Society of Energy Professionals
For further information:
Scott Travers, President, Society of Energy Professionals: (416) 729-8818, firstname.lastname@example.org
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