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Niagara Tunnel Project Means Reliable Supply, More Jobs And Cleaner Air

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Niagara Tunnel Project Means Reliable Supply, More Jobs And Cleaner Air

McGuinty Government Expanding Clean, Renewable Electricity

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NIAGARA FALLS -- Premier Dalton McGuinty today announced that the government is adding more clean, renewable power to Ontario's electricity supply by boosting the capacity of the Sir Adam Beck Generating Complex.

"Expanding our supply of renewable energy will not only clean up our air, it will mean more jobs, more opportunities and more prosperity for people throughout Ontario," said Premier McGuinty. "This project is another step toward building a clean, green and sustainable energy supply for our province."

The McGuinty government is investing $985 million in a new tunnel to supply more water from Niagara Falls to the Sir Adam Beck Generating Complex. Today's announcement marked the start of construction activities on the new tunnel, which is expected to begin producing new clean electricity for Ontario in 2009. The Niagara Tunnel project will generate an additional 1.6 billion kilowatt hours of clean, reliable power -- enough to meet the needs of 160,000 homes every year.

The project will create about 230 full-time construction jobs, which could rise to 350 jobs at times over the four-year building period. The new tunnel is part of the government's plan to boost Ontario's supply of clean and reliable electricity.

Other government initiatives to build a clean, renewable energy supply include:

  • Approving projects that will provide nearly 9,000 additional megawatts of power over the next five years -- enough power for 4.1 million homes
  • Increasing Ontario's total generation capacity by 1,165 megawatts in the last two years, bringing the current total to 30,114 megawatts
  • Bringing new clean and renewable sources of energy on line, including wind, water and biomass
  • Signing 10 contracts totalling 395 megawatts for new energy from non-hydro, renewable sources
  • Submitting a joint bid with Quebec to develop a major hydroelectric generation project at Lower Churchill River in Labrador
  • Studying a proposed hydroelectric power project in northern Manitoba at Conawapa to bring another 1,500 megawatts of clean power to Ontario
  • Pursuing an east-west power grid by starting discussions with Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador.

"The McGuinty government is bringing real, positive change to Ontario by fulfilling our commitment to expand clean, hydroelectric generation capacity at Niagara Falls," said Minister of Energy Dwight Duncan. "Hydroelectric power is among the most affordable and long-lasting sources of power. This investment will continue to serve Ontarians for generations to come."

"Our government is committed to ensuring a clean, reliable, diverse and sustainable energy supply, while building a culture of conservation and a cleaner Ontario," said Premier McGuinty. "We'll continue to bring more clean, renewable sources of electricity on line for our economy, our prosperity and most of all, for the people of Ontario."

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