Ontario's Power Producers welcome new energy supply programs

    TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - The Association of Power Producers of Ontario
(APPrO) complimented the Ontario government on today's announcement of both
the Clean Energy Standard Offer Program (CESOP) and the release of further
details on another round of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) procurement. "APPrO
has been pushing for some time for both of these initiatives, which can be
good for the environment and the economy, good for energy efficiency and
electricity system reliability, and a good value proposition for participating
generation developers and rate payers alike," APPrO president Dave Butters
    Butters noted that the CESOP makes standardized power purchase contracts
available to encourage small "clean energy" projects in Ontario which use
natural gas or under-utilized heat or energy, and that like the Renewable
Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP) introduced in November last year, the
CESOP will also be among the very first of its kind anywhere. "Today's
announcement is a very positive step forward and we will work closely with the
OPA over the next several months to ensure that the CESOP is as great a
success as it can be in attracting new investment and reducing barriers to
more clean, small-scale distributed energy in Ontario," he added.
    Larger high-efficiency CHP projects are also important for Ontario, and
the results from last year's CHP procurement process demonstrate that Ontario
power producers, industries and communities can come together to bring
economically attractive, high efficiency power projects to realization,
Butters added.
    "Since last year, APPrO members have been working closely with the OPA to
find ways to reduce barriers and technical complications that might stand in
the way of more CHP, so today's announcement is further good news," he said.

    APPrO is a non-profit organization representing more than 100 companies
involved in the generation of electricity in Ontario. APPrO's members
currently produce over 95% of the electricity generated in Ontario from
nuclear, hydro, fossil, wind, waste wood and other energy sources.

For further information:

For further information: David Butters, President, Association of Power
Producers of Ontario (APPrO), 25 Adelaide St. E., Suite 1602, Toronto, ON, M5C
3A1, tel: (416) 322-6549 or (647) 444-6549, fax: (416) 481-5785, e-mail:
david.butters@appro.org; website: http://www.appro.org

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