Statement From Ontario Minister of Energy
Today, Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy, issued the following statement on the Auditor General's special report on the Greenfield South Power natural gas plant:
"I would like to thank the Auditor for his work and accept his findings.
The Auditor has provided Ontarians with a longer-term assessment than the figure announced last year, by estimating costs and savings over 20 years.
It is clear that the negotiations between Greenfield and the Ontario Power Authority were difficult and complex. Overall, the OPA has said it believes that the new facility will help meet Ontario’s electricity needs at a commercially reasonable price.
We listened to the residents of Mississauga by relocating the plant. All parties made the same promise.
Our commitment is to be open and transparent. It’s in everyone’s best interest that Ontarians have a full understanding of the relocation. That’s why we broadened the mandate of a legislative committee to look at every step of the process, and asked the Auditor General to expand the scope of his work.
Now that we have the Auditor’s report, all parties have a responsibility to move forward and improve the siting of future energy projects - ensuring we get it right from the beginning.
We have come a long way since 2003. We’ve built a clean, modern, and reliable energy system that Ontarians can count on, and as the Minister of Energy I am going to continue that work.”