Addressing York Region's Energy Needs
McGuinty Government Supports Reliable Energy Supply, Creates Jobs
The York Energy Centre is on track to provide a reliable energy supply for York Region with a target for commercial operation by mid 2012.
The province has approved a regulation that streamlines land use planning approvals by exempting the facility from the Planning Act. This exemption is needed to allow the development of new, clean-burning natural gas-generated electricity in an area of rapid growth. Supply in York Region is insufficient to meet the energy needs of a region where demand has been forecast to grow by three times the provincial average.
The York Energy Centre will run about 10 per cent of the time to provide on-demand power mostly during peak times, to help meet periods of high energy demand.
The project completed the environmental assessment requirement and received Ministry of Environment approval for an electricity project of this type.
Developing the York Energy Centre would create up to 200 jobs during peak construction and is an important part of the Open Ontario plan to ensure a sustainable supply of reliable energy for this rapidly growing region.
- The proposal for the regulation was posted on the Environmental Registry for public review and comment for 45 days, earlier this year. Over 140 comments were received.
- This regulation will help facilitate the timely completion of the York Energy Centre, which is expected to be providing electricity to York Region by mid 2012.
- The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has said a solution is needed to ensure Northern York Region has a secure supply of electricity consistent with reliability standards.
- This project must comply with Ontario's stringent air emissions standards, which are among the toughest in North America.
“The province is moving forward to ensure that York Region gets a reliable source of clean power in a timely manner. This will help meet the region's needs and support economic growth.”
“The McGuinty government has a responsibility to ensure a reliable energy supply that Ontario families and businesses can count on. The York Energy Centre will provide new, clean, generation of on-demand power to this rapidly growing region. It is an essential investment that will complement our supply of clean renewable power and nuclear generation, as we transition off dirty, coal-fired generation.”