Green Energy Act Good for Green Jobs: Blue Green Canada applauds key aspects of the Green Energy Act released today

    TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - Blue Green Canada, a new partnership between
Environmental Defence and the United Steelworkers union, is very pleased with
the provisions of Ontario's Green Energy Act, introduced today in Ontario's
Legislature. The proposed Act, both organizations believe, could position
Ontario as a leader in renewable energy on the international stage.
    "With President Obama talking about greening the economy, bringing jobs
and investments in clean energy to the U.S., this Act is exactly what Ontario
needs now to compete," said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental
Defence. Smith noted that the Act should serve as a significant generator of
green investment in Ontario.
    "The Steelworkers have been vocal in our call for domestic procurement
policies. So including domestic content guidelines in the Green Energy Act is
a decision in the right direction," said Ken Neumann, National Director of the
United Steelworkers union. "Creating demand for renewable energy, and then
encouraging buy-local for wind turbines and solar panels - this is a good way
to create good new jobs in Ontario and meet our objectives to address climate
change at the same time."
    The Blue Green Alliance in the United States, a partnership between
United Steelworkers union and Sierra Club, was instrumental in bringing the
international windmill manufacturer, Gamesa, to Pennsylvania creating
thousands of new good jobs. Last month, it sponsored a national "Green Jobs,
Good Jobs" conference in Washington that attracted 2700 participants from
across the US and Canada. "We believe that Blue Green Canada will make a
difference," said both Neumann and Smith.
    Environmental Defence and the United Steelworkers have formed a
partnership called Blue Green Canada to act as advocates to create good green
jobs in a sustainable economy.
    Environment Defence and the United Steelworkers are also members of the
Green Energy Act Alliance (GEAA).

For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Foulds, Environmental Defence, (416)
323-9521 ext. 232, (647) 280-9521 (cell) or Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers
National Director for Canada, (416) 487-1571 or (416) 558-2510

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