McGuinty Government Attracts Interest in Expanding Waterpower in Ontario

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McGuinty Government Attracts Interest in Expanding Waterpower in Ontario

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Waterpower Site Release Strategy Popular With Developers TORONTO, Jan. 21 - In a strong and positive response to the government's waterpower site release and development strategy, more than 50 proponents have expressed interest in developing new sites for waterpower, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today. "We are very pleased to have received such an enthusiastic response to our strategy to find new sites for waterpower development," said Ramsay. "We have received expressions of interest to develop sites capable of producing between 200 and 300 megawatts of additional clean hydroelectric capacity. By encouraging the expansion of green power from our rivers and streams, we will ensure Ontarians have cleaner air to breathe and a healthier environment." On November 10, the government initiated a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of waterpower on new sites. Proponents had 30 days to submit expressions of interest to identify potential sites, and 57 submissions were received. The Ministry of Natural Resources is currently reviewing the applications and will announce which sites will be made available for development in mid-February. The government is moving aggressively to achieve its target of generating five per cent of Ontario's total energy capacity from renewable sources by 2007. On November 24, Energy Minister Dwight Duncan announced 10 new projects representing 395 megawatts of clean, renewable power, resulting from the province's RFP for 300 megawatts of renewable energy. The successful projects will spur economic development in the renewable energy sector and will bring an estimated $700 million of new investment to Ontario. "By allowing the development of cleaner and greener energy projects, we are not only reducing our reliance on coal-fired generation, we are also tapping into a fertile source for innovation, job creation and competitive growth," said Ramsay. "Continued investments in waterpower and other sources of renewable energy will clean up our air and create new jobs and opportunities across the province." Disponible en fran├žais www.mnr.gov.on.caFor further information: Media Calls Only: Ginette Albert, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212; Steve Payne, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2103