McGuinty Government Approves New
Green Power Projects
Eight New Wind Projects And One
Hydro Project Enough To Power 250,000 Homes
November 21, 2005 - Toronto, Ontario,
QUEEN’S PARK – The McGuinty government has approved
nine clean, renewable energy projects that will provide
enough power for more than 250,000 homes, Energy Minister
Donna Cansfield announced today.
"The new projects announced today will provide
975 megawatts of clean, renewable energy," Cansfield
said. "The success of this request for proposals
means that, combined with our first renewables RFP
(request for proposals) completed last year, we will
be adding over 1,300 megawatts of wind power to Ontario’s
electricity system. We’re on track to achieve our
goal of ten per cent of Ontario’s generation coming
from renewable sources by 2010."
The projects, which include eight new wind farms
and a waterpower project, are the result of the province’s
second request for proposals seeking approximately
1,000 megawatts of new renewable energy. The selected
projects will spur economic development in the renewable
energy sector and will bring an estimated $2 billion
of new investment to Ontario.
"It clearly makes sense for Ontario to increase
production of electricity from clean energy resources
," said David Butters, President of the Association
of Power Producers of Ontario. "We've maintained
that the private sector will step up to the plate
to invest capital in renewable generation projects
if there is an appropriate competitive procurement
and this is the second time they have done so ."
"The response to this RFP shows just how
much potential this province has for renewable energy,"
Cansfield said. "With such good proposals
to choose from, we can ensure the most viable, cost-effective
projects for Ontario’s electricity consumers."
Combined with 395 megawatts of renewable energy
capacity announced last year, these projects mean
the government has now contracted for 1,370 megawatts
of new renewable capacity. The government will continue
to move forward towards meeting its target of adding
2,700 megawatts of new renewable energy by 2010.
In just two years, the McGuinty government has advanced
projects that will provide Ontario with nearly 9,000
megawatts of power by 2010 — enough power for 4 million
The McGuinty government is committed to protecting
the interests of Ontarians by ensuring a reliable,
sustainable and diverse supply of competitively priced
power for the province, while promoting energy conservation.