Premier pleased with CoF energy strategy



    WHITEHORSE, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - Premier Dennis Fentie welcomes the continued
support from his colleagues on Northern issues and is pleased that nationally
there is recognition of the important role centres of excellence can play in
Canada's energy future. "The energy strategy complements Yukon's efforts to
develop a Cold Climate Innovation Cluster and a Climate Change Research Centre
for the North."
    That support came from discussions around the Council of the Federation's
seven point energy strategy, A Shared Vision for Energy in Canada. The
strategy was released earlier today from Moncton where the premiers are
holding their annual summer meeting.
    "Yukon has been actively involved in the work to develop this strategy,"
Fentie said. The direction for developing a pan-Canadian energy strategy came
from a 2005 Council of Federation (CoF) meeting where premiers committed to
taking a leadership role in creating innovative energy policies for Canada's
future. It recognizes that securing Canada's energy supply and continuing
growth from energy resources must be done in an environmentally responsible
manner.
    In the seven point plan, premiers agreed to take action on energy
efficiency, research and technology, renewable/green projects, energy
transmission and transportation, regulatory efficiency, human
resources/skilled trade, and the provincial/territorial role in international
energy activities.
    The strategy was accompanied by the release of a set of energy maps
highlighting the strength of the energy section in each province and
territory. "The release of the maps provides us with an opportunity to
highlight our proven and potential reserves," Fentie said. "In the North, many
of our resources have not been fully explored and the potential for additional
reserves is significant."
    Energy ministers across Canada will now begin work to implement the
strategy. "Premiers will report on progress and steps taken to implant the
various action contained in the strategy at upcoming CoF meetings," Fentie
said.

    Links: <a href="http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/">Council of the Federation</a> website & <a href="http://www.councilofthefederation.ca/pdfs/COFreleaseEnergyStrategy.pdf">A Shared Vision for Energy in
Canada</a>





For further information:

For further information: Roxanne Vallevand, Cabinet Communications,
(867) 633-7949, roxanne.vallevand@gov.yk.ca; Geri Dugas, Communications, ECO,
(867) 667-5341, geri.dugas@gov.yk.ca

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