Ontario goes green

The Government of Ontario, Canada has given the go-ahead to 10 renewable energy projects that will provide enough power for over 100,000 homes.

The Government of Ontario, Canada has given the go-ahead to 10 renewable energy projects that will provide enough power for over 100,000 homes, Energy Minister Dwight Duncan announced yesterday.

“The 10 new energy projects will provide 395 megawatts of clean, renewable energy, which will reduce our dependence on dirty coal-fired plants and enhance air quality throughout the province,” said Duncan. “Early in the new year, we plan to move quickly to add even more renewable energy to Ontario’s generation mix.”

The projects – which include waterpower and landfill gas projects as well as five new wind farms – are the result of the province’s request for proposals seeking approximately 300 megawatts of new renewable energy.

The successful projects will bring an estimated $700 million of new investment to Ontario. They include Umbata Falls Hydroelectric Project, which will generate 23 megawatts; and the Erie Shores Wind Farm, which will generate 99 megawatts.

“The government has sent a strong signal about the need for the private sector to help in meeting Ontario’s supply challenges,” said David Butters, President of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario. “After years of uncertainty, the government’s request for proposals process is allowing investors and power producers to be able to invest in alternative forms of energy, and we look forward to even greater opportunities in the future.”

The Ontario government, led by Dalton McGuinty, issued a request for proposals last June. The request for proposals marked the first step in meeting the government’s commitment to provide five per cent, or 1,350 megawatts of generating capacity through renewable sources by 2007, and ten per cent by 2010.

“By tapping into the wellspring of interest in creating renewable electricity, we are also tapping into a fertile source for innovation, job creation and competitive growth,” said Duncan. “Continued investments in renewable energy will expand our economy by creating new jobs and opportunities across the province.”