McGuinty Government Taking Action on Stray Voltage

    Ontario Energy Board directed to address issue

    QUEEN'S PARK, June 22 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is addressing
concerns about stray voltage and its impact on Ontario livestock, Energy
Minister Dwight Duncan and Maria van Bommel, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex
announced today.
    Minister Duncan is directing the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to implement
measures to address the issue of stray voltage particularly as it affects the
agricultural sector. The Ontario Energy Board will be assessing what must be
done to address the impact of stray voltage on the agricultural community, and
it is anticipated this will involve experts and all stakeholders, including
the agricultural community.
    "Many in the agricultural community are concerned about how stray voltage
can affect their livestock and farming operations," said Minister Duncan.
"Giving the OEB a clear mandate to deal with this important issue will help
address the concerns of the farming community."
    The Order in Council allows the government to proceed quickly to deal
with the issues raised in a private member's bill introduced in the
legislature by Maria Van Bommel, Liberal MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.
    "I want to thank Minister Duncan for his support for Ontario farmers and
for taking this important step in addressing stray voltage," said Van Bommel.
"Many farmers are concerned that stray voltage may be affecting their
operation's milk production."
    "Our action on this important issue is just one example of our
government's commitment to the agricultural community," said Minister Duncan.
"We have created one of the boldest standard offer programs in North America,
a program creating opportunities for Ontario farmers to harvest renewable
energy from the sun, wind, biomass and hydro."
    Other energy initiatives including net metering and energy conservation
programs for farm operations further demonstrate the government's commitment
to Ontario's farmers.
    A copy of the Order in Council underlying the Minister's directive is
available on the ministry's website at The Order in
Council, and related information, will also be made available on the website
of the Ontario Energy Board as it moves forward. The website for the Ontario
Energy Board is

    Disponible en français.


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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