Ontario to scrutinize interim report by the joint Canada-U.S. Power Outage Task Force

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Ontario to scrutinize interim report by the joint Canada-U.S. Power Outage Task Force

Ministry of Energy

Energy Minister says government will move forward with agenda to improve Ontario's electricity system QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Nov. 19 - Energy Minister Dwight Duncan said the Ontario Government will scrutinize the findings of the Interim Report by the joint Canada-U.S. Power Outage Task Force, concerning the blackout that affected parts of Ontario and the United States on August 14th. "The report supports our internal findings that Ontario did not cause the blackout or contribute to its spread," said Minister Duncan. "However, the blackout has reinforced the need to modernize our hydro system and improve the reliability and security of Ontario's electricity supply," he added. The government has recently announced a number of commitments to address the challenges in Ontario's electricity sector by attracting new supply, encouraging conservation and creating better market place for investment. One of the government's first initiatives will be to announce a responsible approach to electricity pricing by addressing the current 4.3 cent electricity price cap, which is contributing to the $5.6 billion Tory deficit at a rate of hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition, Minister Duncan has recently announced that Courtney Pratt, President and CEO of Toronto Hydro, would head the Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force, to review ways of enhancing the reliability and responsiveness of Ontario's electricity grid, as well as the adequacy of supply. The findings in today's report will be integrated into the recommendations of the Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force, which are expected by the end of this year. "We have asked key participants in the electricity system to review policies and procedures to help prevent this from happening in the future," said Minister Duncan. "We will also continue to investigate how we can recover our own grid operations more quickly if such an event were ever to happen again, notwithstanding our best efforts". Disponible en fran├žais. www.energy.gov.on.caFor further information: Angie Robson, Minister's Office, (416) 327-6747