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Province Invests in Coniston Wind Study

Potential For Renewable Energy Generation To Be Measured

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is helping explore the potential for renewable energy production in the Greater Sudbury area by investing in wind and environmental studies in Coniston, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Environmentally sustainable energy production is essential to keeping the North an attractive place to live, work and do business," said Bartolucci who is also chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "Our government applauds the efforts of northern entrepreneurs who are making their move toward renewable energy."

The NOHFC is providing $100,000 through its Renewable Energy Program to Coniston Industrial Park Limited to conduct wind and environmental studies on the site of a former smelter property. The studies will help determine the feasibility of retrofitting two dormant 120-metre tall smokestacks with wind powered generation systems.

"The McGuinty government is helping northern communities and businesses become more sustainable and efficient," said Bartolucci. "This project is a prime example of northern investors combining new technology with the spirit of ingenuity."

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

  • Introducing a new NOHFC Northern Energy Program to help private and public sector partners pursue clean renewable energy generation capacity to reduce their demand on external energy sources or to produce energy for sale to the electrical grid
  • Providing $1 million to the City of Greater Sudbury to support the completion of exterior site improvements at the Emergency Services Centre in Azilda.

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.

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