Wind and water organizations encouraged by emphasis on renewables

    Ontario government puts additional focus on renewable energy growth

    OTTAWA, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA)
and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) are encouraged by an
initiative to conduct a scoped review of the enhancement and acceleration of
the province's renewable energy potential, announced today by the Honourable
George Smitherman, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.
    Minister Smitherman has issued a directive to the Ontario Power
Authority, with a requirement that the review be completed within six months.
    Robert Hornung, President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association said
"CanWEA has been an active participant in the Integrated Power System Plan
(IPSP) and related Ontario Energy Board processes. I am confident that this
focused review will provide value to these undertakings and help to accelerate
the uptake of renewable resources into the provincial energy mix."
    Paul Norris, President of the Ontario Waterpower Association added "I am
particularly pleased with the recognition that enabling transmission is
critical to the achievement of our renewable energy targets. This review
should also improve the integration of the array of policy and processes
related to new renewable energy development."
    CanWEA and the OWA are collaborating at the IPSP Hearing, currently
before the Ontario Energy Board. Both organizations will continue to work with
the Ontario Power Authority, the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and
other parties to contribute to the achievement of the province's renewable
energy and climate change objectives.

    The Ontario Waterpower Association was formed in May 2001 and represents
more than 95% of Ontario waterpower producers. Waterpower is clean, renewable
and accounts for more than one quarter of Ontario's energy mix. It is of
critical importance in responding to daily and weekly changes in demand.

    CanWEA is Canada's national association for the wind energy industry with
more than 380 members including wind turbine manufacturers and component
suppliers, wind energy project developers, owners and operators, and a broad
range of service providers to the wind energy industry.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Norris, OWA President, (705) 743-1500;
Sean Whittaker, CanWEA Vice President, Policy, (613) 884-6803

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