Power Producers Welcome Plan for Province's Electricity System

    TORONTO, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - Ontario's power producers congratulated the
Ontario Power Authority and the Ontario government for today's news that the
Integrated Power System Plan has been filed with the Ontario Energy Board for
review and approval. Ontario has not prepared a comprehensive power system
plan in over 15 years, and today's announcement is a major milestone in the
development of Ontario's electricity system, APPrO president Dave Butters
    "Today's filing brings the province much closer to a longer term energy
future based on independent and comprehensive forward planning processes - not
short term thinking", he said. He said that APPrO intends to participate
actively in the OEB hearing process.
    Butters noted that the OPA has incorporated the flexibility necessary to
accommodate a number of uncertainties through the use of appropriate
contingencies and reliance on a diversified portfolio of supply resource
options. "In particular, we applaud the OPA's recognition that Ontario's
gas-fired non-utility generation (NUG) operators, currently under contract to
the province, may be a source of additional system flexibility and efficiency
if there is a standardized process to deal with contract renewals as the
expiry dates draw near. APPrO has urged such an approach for some time",
Butters added.
    He commended the plan's strong emphasis on conservation and demand
management. "These are essential parts of the picture, and everyone will
benefit from conservation and the development of economic opportunities for
increased efficiency", he added.
    He also encouraged the OPA to continue to take a leadership role with
regard to efficient review and approvals processes and social acceptance of
new electricity infrastructure projects. "The successful implementation of
this plan rests in the government's ability to break down these barriers in
the near-term", he said.
    Butters said that APPrO members will continue to do their part to provide
new generation solutions, primarily utilizing private sector resources. "We
look forward to working with the OPA and other agencies to ensure that
Ontario's power supply needs are met at the best cost, both from new resources
and by maximizing the output and efficiency of existing generation resources."

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

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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