Province Pushes Ahead to Expand Clean Energy Potential

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Province Pushes Ahead to Expand Clean Energy Potential

Proposals Approved For Potential Waterpower Development; New Applications Will Be Accepted For Wind Power TORONTO, March 7 - The Ontario government is expanding the province's clean, renewable energy capacity by making 18 sites available for waterpower development and inviting a second round of applications to develop wind power on Crown land, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today. "We are just beginning to unlock Ontario's enormous potential for clean and efficient electricity generation," said Ramsay. "The government will continue to vigorously seek and encourage development of our capacity to generate power from renewable energy sources, ensuring Ontarians have cleaner air to breathe and a healthier environment." Last November, the government called for Expressions of Interest to identify potential waterpower sites. Fifty-seven applications were received of which 18 sites have been approved as appropriate for development. The successful proponents will now have 120 days to submit their development proposals for those sites to the Ministry of Natural Resources. The sites selected have potential for producing between 200 and 300 megawatts of clean hydroelectric energy. "The McGuinty government is making it more attractive to explore renewable energy options in our province" said Minister of Energy Dwight Duncan. "We want to remove barriers, free up resources and implement new ideas to help us meet our supply needs in an environmentally responsible way." Ramsay also announced a six-month window of opportunity, starting April 1, for companies or individuals to submit proposals for sites for wind power development on Crown land. This follows approval given in January of applications from 16 private companies to assess wind power potential on 21 Crown land sites. The province is moving aggressively to achieve its target of adding 1,350 megawatts of new renewable generating capacity by 2007 and 2,700 megawatts by 2010. Fact Sheet ------------------------------------------------------------------------- March 7, 2005 WATERPOWER SITE RELEASE The following 18 sites have been approved for waterpower development. The successful proponents will now have 120 days to submit their development proposals for those sites to the Ministry of Natural Resources. The sites selected have potential for producing between 200 and 300 megawatts of clean hydroelectric energy. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Site Number River Region Nearest Town ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5QC17 Trout Lake Northwestern Ontario Ear Falls ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5QD6 Wabigoon Northwestern Ontario Grassy Narrows ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5PA18 Namakan Northwestern Ontario Lac La Croix ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5PA8 Namakan Northwestern Ontario Lac La Croix ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5PA17 Namakan Northwestern Ontario Lac la Croix ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5PB5 Seine Northwestern Ontario Atikokan ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2AD6 Namewaminikan Northwestern Ontario Beardmore ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2AD8 Namewaminikan Northwestern Ontario Beardmore ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2BA14 Aguasabon Northwestern Ontario Terrace Bay ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2BA2 Steel Northwestern Ontario Terrace Bay ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2BA3 Steel Northwestern Ontario Terrace Bay ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2BB2 Pic Northeastern Ontario Manitouwadge ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4LA8 Mattagami Northeastern Ontario Timmins ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fourbass Lake Northeastern Ontario Temagami ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2DB9 Wanapitei Northeastern Ontario Eastaire ------------------------------------------------------------------------- EOI_03 Steep Rock Lake Northwestern Ontario Atikokan (West Arm) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2EB4 North Bala Dam Southern Ontario Bala ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2EC31 Wasdel Falls Dam Southern Ontario Washago ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Contact: Ian Crawford Ministry of Natural Resources 705-755-1240 Disponible en fran├žais www.mnr.gov.on.caFor further information: Media calls only, Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister's Office, (416) 327-0654; Steve Payne, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2103