Ontario Joins International Clean Energy Partnership



    Ontario First Province In Canada To Join Renewable Energy And Energy
    Efficiency Partnership

    QUEEN'S PARK, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - Ontario will be the first province in
Canada to join the influential international Renewable Energy and Energy
Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) Energy Minister Dwight Duncan announced today.
    "We share a common goal with REEEP's over 200 partner organizations -
supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency," Duncan said. "Our
membership will allow Ontario to contribute to international policy dialogue
on clean energy and help address barriers to clean energy both in Ontario and
globally."
    REEEP is a global public-private partnership that develops clean energy
initiatives and has helped finance more than 50 renewable energy projects in
44 countries. REEEP is funded through national governments and is supported by
financial and business professionals and non-government organizations across
the world.
    "REEEP is pleased to welcome Ontario as the first province to join
REEEP," said Marianne Osterkorn, International Director, REEEP." Ontario has
demonstrated a commitment to renewable energy and energy conservation that is
consistent with the goals of our global partnership."
    "Ontario's decision to become a partner in REEEP provides a valuable link
for Ontario businesses," said Stephen Koch, Executive Director for the North
American Insulation Manufacturers Association, Canada. "It will bridge the gap
between international standards/opportunities and those industries developing
energy efficient and renewable technologies in this province."
    Ontario has been a leader in Canada for both renewable energy and energy
conservation. The province has:

    
    -  Contracted to increase its renewable wind energy capacity by 800
       percent in just over 3 years

    -  Developed the first standard offer program (renewable energy tariffs)
       in Canada.

    -  Authorized the investment of over $2 billion in energy conservation
       and energy efficiency initiatives over the past four years including
       programs for the residential, commercial and industrial sectors

    -  Reduced energy consumption in government buildings by almost
       10 per cent

    -  Developed the most stringent energy efficiency requirements of any
       Building Code in Canada. In addition to increased conservation
       requirements, the Code contains provisions to address barriers related
       to renewable self-generation, specifically, solar roof panels and wind
       turbines.

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For further information:

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

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