CanWEA applauds introduction of Ontario's Green Energy Act

    Ontario's Green Energy Act seizes the opportunity to create jobs, drive
    investment and reduce emissions through increased development of
    renewable energy

    OTTAWA, Feb. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association
(CanWEA) applauded the announcement of Ontario's proposed Green Energy Act
(GEA) tabled today by the Honorable George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and
Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. Ontario is currently Canada's wind
leader with 782 Megawatts of installed wind capacity, a figure that will
increase to at least 1,200 MW by the end of 2009, powering more than 325,000
homes. CanWEA is confident that the GEA will drive further growth of wind
energy in the province and firmly establish Ontario as a North American leader
in the development of a new "Green Economy" that creates jobs, drives
investment and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.
    "With today's tabling of the Green Energy Act, the Ontario Government has
sent a clear signal that wind and other renewable energies will play a key
role in meeting the province's economic and environmental objectives going
forward," said Robert Hornung, President of CanWEA. "The GEA is a bold,
forward-thinking initiative that will accelerate wind energy investment in
Ontario, benefitting the province's manufacturing sector as well as its rural
communities. This is particularly important in light of increased competition
for such investment, as exemplified by President Obama's target of doubling
renewable energy production in a span of three years."
    Wind energy represents a major industrial development and economic
stimulus opportunity for Ontario. Between now and 2020 it is estimated that $1
trillion will be invested in new wind energy facilities worldwide and that
more than 1.75 million jobs will be created in this rapidly growing industry.
The GEA positions Ontario to capture a growing share of these economic,
environmental and social benefits.
    "CanWEA and its members are committed to working with the government and
its agencies in the coming months to work out details in key areas such as
pricing, transmission build-out and streamlining of the permitting and
approvals process," said Hornung. "The GEA provides an excellent framework,
but there is a great deal of work to do in developing the operational details
needed for its successful implementation."
    CanWEA believes that the GEA is an important step towards achievement of
CanWEA's Wind Vision 2025 - Powering Canada's Future which envisions 20% of
Canada's electricity provided by wind energy by 2025. CanWEA and its more than
400 corporate members are committed to promoting the responsible development
of wind energy in Canada to the benefit of all Canadians.

For further information:

For further information: Ulrike Kucera, Media Relations Officer,
(office) (613) 234-8716 ext. 228, (cel) (613) 867-4433; CanWEA spokespeople
are available for interviews on this subject

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