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Thunder Bay Company Saving On Electricity Costs

McGuinty Government Helping To Keep Energy Costs Down, Protect Jobs

Ontario is helping a pulp and paper mill in Thunder Bay reduce its electricity costs, stay competitive and protect approximately 500 jobs.

Through the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate (NIER) program, Abibow Canada Inc. will receive energy rebates of two cents per kilo-watt hour (kWh) to help manage electricity costs and improve energy efficiency and sustainability at the Thunder Bay mill.

Partnering with companies in Northern Ontario communities is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create and support jobs for Ontario families and to strengthen local economies.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has approved an initial rebate for Abibow of over $7.5 million based on the facility's consumption for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
  • AbitibiBowater is the eighth largest publicly traded pulp and paper manufacturer in the world. In Northern Ontario the company employs more than 1,500 people.
  • The three-year Northern Industrial Electricity Rate (NIER) program is averaging $150 million per year to assist Northern Ontario's largest industrial electricity consumers.

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“The Northern Industrial Electricity Rate program is playing a critical role in advancing our local economies. As our government works together with these companies, we are helping them to manage their electricity costs and improve their energy efficiency, while protecting jobs in the North.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)

“Ontario is partnering with companies like Abibow to help them stay competitive. This program helps Ontario better manage the energy system and helps companies save money and improve their competitive advantage.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Energy

“This program is the latest in a series of programs aimed at supporting our large industrial users. Combined with our Industrial Conservation Initiative, it will save the local Abibow operation millions per year on a go-forward basis.”

Bill Mauro

MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“The Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program allows us to continue to improve our energy efficiency programs as well as recognizing that most of the power produced in Northern Ontario comes from Hydro production.”

Douglas Murray, General Manager

Thunder Bay Operations, AbitibiBowater

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