Ontario's decision to procure more renewable energy good news for Canada's wind energy industry



    OTTAWA, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association
(CanWEA) is encouraged by Energy Minister Dwight Duncan's announcement today
that the Ontario government has directed the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to
procure a further 2000 MW of new renewable energy, including wind energy, in
the province. The directive calls on the OPA to issue a request for proposals
for an initial 500 MW of new renewable energy before the end of the year.
    "We are pleased that the Ontario government has moved to create new
opportunities for the wind energy industry in Ontario and to continue to
pursue the development of the province's vast wind energy resources," said
Robert Hornung, CanWEA President. "From our research we know that a
significant majority of Ontario's citizens believe that wind power is leading
Ontario to a clean energy future. This announcement should be well received by
all those wanting to stimulate new economic development in rural communities
while supporting a healthier environment and a solution to climate change."
    Ontario's current installed wind energy capacity sits at just over
415 MW, with an additional 1200 MW under contract. While details of today's
new procurement initiative are still to come, CanWEA hopes that they will be
accompanied by actions that will ensure the rapid delivery of this new
renewable power by addressing some current challenges facing renewable energy
in Ontario.
    "This new directive on renewable energy procurement is an important step
forward for Ontario," Mr. Hornung said. "To ensure its full success, further
action is required to address the permitting delays and transmission
constraints currently faced by many wind power projects in the province. We
are keen to work with the province to act quickly to remove bottlenecks that
would prevent the rapid implementation of renewable energy investments that
will support rural economies and Ontario's energy future."
    In that vein, the province announced today that the OPA will be working
closely with Ontario's First Nations communities to develop guidelines for
First Nation consultation related to energy project development. CanWEA
applauds this positive step and offers its support and the involvement of its
members in this initiative. "We look forward to participating in the
consultation process to develop these guidelines and believe it has the
potential to help facilitate the successful commissioning of new wind energy
projects across the province," concluded Mr. Hornung.
    Wind energy produces no air pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. In
addition to its environmental benefits, wind energy delivers substantial
economic benefits to rural communities through investment and job creation,
lease income for landowners, and a new tax base for municipal governments and
school boards.

    The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) represents more than 300
companies involved in Canada's wind energy industry, including wind turbine
manufacturers, component suppliers, wind energy project developers and owners,
and a broad range of service providers to the wind industry.




For further information:

For further information: David Timm, CanWEA Ontario Policy Manager,
1-800-922-6932 ext. 225, 1-647-519-8466, www.canwea.ca


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