New Clean Energy Jobs For Chatham-Kent
McGuinty Government Builds Clean Energy Economy As Province Continues To Turn The Corner
Ontario's shift toward clean, renewable energy is strengthening the province's economy by attracting good jobs and investment opportunities for families in the Chatham-Kent area.
The new Raleigh Wind Energy Centre has created seven full-time clean energy jobs for the community, and employed more than 150 skilled workers during construction. With 52 wind turbines, this 78-megawatt (MW) project generates enough clean, renewable electricity each year to power more than 20,000 homes and is part of Ontario's growing clean energy industry.
Ontario is replacing dirty, coal-fired plants with cleaner sources of renewable energy like water, wind, solar and bio-energy. It's part of the McGuinty government's plan to keep costs down for families today, while building a clean, modern and reliable electricity system for tomorrow. Ontario's Green Energy Act has already created 13,000 clean energy jobs.
To help Ontarians manage the costs of turning on more clean power, the McGuinty government:
- Is taking 10 per cent off electricity bills for families, farms and businesses over the next five years with the new Ontario Clean Energy Benefit. It has helped average household bills remain flat compared with the same time last year.
- Has moved the start of the Time-of-Use off-peak period from 9 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, providing an extra 10 hours of electricity every week at the lowest available rate.
- Ontario now has more than 1,600 MW of wind power online, generated by more than 900 wind turbines - enough electricity each year to power more than 400,000 homes.
- Coal-fired generation was down 90 per cent in the first three months of 2011 compared to the same timeframe in 2003.
- An average household can expect to save about $150 in 2011 through the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit.
- Ontario has conserved more than 1,700 MW of electricity over the past five years - the equivalent of taking more than half a million homes off the electricity grid.
“The Raleigh Wind Energy Centre is an investment in clean energy production for Ontario and in our provincial economy. This is a testament to Ontario's clean energy plan at work. Thanks to developers and communities working together, we're growing our clean energy sector to create good jobs while producing renewable power, cleaning up the air for our children and grandchildren.”
“This investment in renewable energy means a cleaner environment and skilled jobs for our community.”
“Wind energy is an important part of our drive to develop the fastest growing sustainable economy in southwestern Ontario, while also using innovation to maintain a high-quality environment.”
“Invenergy is proud to contribute to cleaner power generation in Ontario, symbolized by today's commissioning event for the Raleigh Wind Energy Centre. We appreciate the support of local, provincial and federal officials, as well as numerous community stakeholders. We're pleased that our wind farm will generate home-grown energy in Ontario, and will economically benefit our host community.”