McGuinty Government Announces Northern Ontario Water Power Initiative

    Expansion of Renewables Program Another Step Forward Towards A Cleaner,
    Greener Ontario

    QUEEN'S PARK, June 14 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is expanding the
Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program to include water power projects in
Northern Ontario, an initiative that will increase Ontario's supply of clean,
renewable energy, Minister of Energy Dwight Duncan announced today.
    "This new initiative will help develop new, clean, green hydro projects,
and that's good news for all Ontarians," said Duncan. "We're building a better
electricity system for Ontario, and there's much more to come."
    Ontario's water power initiative will reduce barriers to small-scale
hydro projects (10 megawatts or less) by offering these projects the
opportunity to connect to the transmission system. This will help some
renewable projects proceed where they might have otherwise have been
uneconomical. Small generators who meet the program criteria will be offered
20-year contracts for the power they produce through the Ontario Power
Authority's innovative Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program.
    "This move will encourage waterpower development in the north, and add to
our supply of renewable energy," said Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay.
"It also means cleaner air, as well as a sustainable and environmentally
responsible energy future."
    "The McGuinty government's announcement is another major step forward for
clean, renewable waterpower projects in Ontario," said Paul Norris, President
of the Ontario Waterpower Association. "The expansion of the Standard Offer
program will provide additional opportunities for communities, First Nations,
and the private sector to invest in the North."
    All Ontarians have a role to play in making Ontario greener. The
government is taking action by protecting a greenbelt that stretches across
southern Ontario from development, introducing tough new laws that protect our
drinking water, producing more renewable energy and doing more to conserve

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For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3546;
Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Communications Branch, (416) 327-4334

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