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Ontario Supports First Nation's Renewable Energy Project

Province Funds Wind Monitoring Study At Point Grondine

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is investing in the potential development of a significant wind energy project at Point Grondine on the shore of Georgian Bay, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Helping explore the viability of this project contributes toward the province's goal of developing alternative, renewable sources of energy," said Bartolucci. "I am proud our government has introduced a program that supports efforts to develop new renewable sources of energy in Northern Ontario."

The Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island is looking into the feasibility of erecting wind turbines to develop a 1,000-megawatt wind farm off Highway 637 southwest of Sudbury over the next 10 years.  The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $50,000 to the Wikwemikong Development Commission to conduct a wind monitoring study at three locations in the vicinity of Point Grondine.

"First Nations are extremely important to Ontario's renewable energy future," said Minister of Energy Dwight Duncan.  "This investment will help develop new, clean sources of electricity, and that's good news for all Ontarians."
    
"The economic benefits that could be derived from a successful project would help the Wikwemikong undertake other community development projects that create jobs and sustain a better quality of life," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC.  "In fostering these opportunities, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund has reclaimed its role as an important catalyst for economic, community and infrastructure development in the North."

This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in the North.  Other examples include:

•    Providing $50,000 to Cambrian College for the first phase of its plan to establish a Sustainable Energy Centre

•    Providing the Township of Chapleau with $47,500 to complete a business plan for the possible establishment of a bio-energy processing facility.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan. It has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.


Laura Blondeau
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454   

Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125

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