McGuinty Government Welcomes Recommendations On Strengthening Electricity Sector

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McGuinty Government Welcomes Recommendations On Strengthening Electricity Sector

Ministry of Energy

Report Will Help Guide Ontario's Long-term Plan For Reliable And Affordable Energy QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Dec. 20 - Energy Minister Gerry Phillips says the recommendations in Phase II of the Agency Review Panel report will help strengthen Ontario's long-term plan for a secure, reliable and affordable electricity supply. "Our agencies have helped put Ontario's electricity sector back on track, and they will all continue to play a vital role," said Minister Phillips. "Now is not the time to implement institutional change in the sector. At the same time, the report makes prudent and helpful suggestions for the future as the sector develops. We'll be taking their advice to heart as we move forward and seek out appropriate opportunities for streamlining." The review examines how Ontario's five electricity sector institutions can work together more efficiently. It comes at a critical time as Ontario puts the finishing touches on a 20-year plan to provide a secure, safe, reliable and affordable electricity supply through a mix of conservation, renewables, nuclear and natural gas. The Ontario Power Authority filed the 20-year plan, known as the Integrated Power System Plan for formal approval of the Ontario Energy Board On August 29, 2007. The Board is conducting year-long public consultations to ensure that the plan is economically prudent and cost effective. Key elements of the Agency Review Panel review include: - Ensuring a fulsome, integrated process among agencies for the approval of electricity projects. - Continuing the independence of Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer, to ensure regular reports on Ontario's conservation progress. - Creating new tools to ensure a continued and growing supply of expertise and skilled workers to meet the needs of Ontario's energy future. - Continuing to facilitate the consolidation of Local Distribution Companies, which deliver electricity to homes and businesses. One of the several recommendations Minister Phillips is committing to quickly pursue is the need to address the industry's human resources challenge. "The panel's recommendations concerning new tools to develop a future pool of talented energy professionals are exciting," said Minister Phillips. "I plan to discuss them with my colleague at the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities as well as our agency partners." The Agency Review Panel was established on January 29, 2007 under the Ministry of Energy Act. The panel members include: James Arnett, former Education Minister Dave Cooke, former Attorney-General Charles Harnick Q.C., and Dr. Sharon Manson Singer. The panel presented its first report this past summer, addressing executive compensation at Ontario's electricity agencies. A copy of the Panel's two reports and its Terms of Reference are posted on the Ministry of Energy's website at www.energy.gov.on.ca. Disponible en français. www.energy.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Alan Findlay, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3546; Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Communications Branch, (416) 327-4334 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Alan Findlay, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3546; Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Communications Branch, (416) 327-4334