Hydropower, Project Development, Wind Power

Ontario Pushes Opens Hydro, Wind Development

The Ontario government is expanding the province’s clean, renewable energy capacity by making 18 sites available for hydroelectric development and inviting a second round of applications to develop wind power on Crown land.

“We are just beginning to unlock Ontario’s enormous potential for clean and efficient electricity generation,” said Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay. “The government will continue to vigorously seek and encourage development of our capacity to generate power from renewable energy sources, ensuring Ontarians have cleaner air to breathe and a healthier environment.” Last November, the government called for Expressions of Interest to identify potential waterpower sites. Fifty-seven applications were received, of which 18 sites have been approved as appropriate for development. The successful proponents will now have 120 days to submit their development proposals for those sites to the Ministry of Natural Resources. The sites selected have potential for producing between 200 and 300 megawatts of clean hydroelectric energy. “The McGuinty government is making it more attractive to explore renewable energy options in our province” said Minister of Energy Dwight Duncan. “We want to remove barriers, free up resources and implement new ideas to help us meet our supply needs in an environmentally responsible way.” Ramsay also announced a six-month window of opportunity, starting April 1, for companies or individuals to submit proposals for sites for wind power development on Crown land. This follows approval given in January of applications from 16 private companies to assess wind power potential on 21 Crown land sites. The province is moving aggressively to achieve its target of adding 1,350 MW of new renewable generating capacity by 2007 and 2,700 megawatts by 2010.