Final Report of Select Committee on Alternative Fuel Sources

The Final Report of the Select Committee on Alternative Fuel Sources was tabled this week in the Ontario Legislature. The Committee believes that the recommendations contained within its report can form the basis of an innovative alternative fuel and energy policy for Ontario.

TORONTO, Canada – June 10, 2002 [] The Province has to reduce its dependence on traditional petroleum based fuels, and wind, water, solar, and other renewable fuels will have an important role to play in meeting this challenge. The report lays the groundwork for a Renewable Energy future that can ensure Ontario will become a leader in this field. “The Report, released during Environment Week (June 2-8), contains 141 recommendations on 20 topic areas and is the result of intensive consultations with stakeholders and the public, and analyzing the experience of many other jurisdictions,” said Doug Galt M.P.P. and Chair of the Committee. “I am pleased that an all-party Committee of the Legislature has come to consensus on a set of ground-breaking recommendations.” The Committee recommends a Renewable Portfolio Standard requiring that a percentage of new electricity generation be from renewable sources; encouraging small generators by allowing access to the grid through net metering; aggressive targets for the use of alternative transportation fuels such as ethanol, biodiesel, and hydrogen; and enhanced conservation and efficiency standards. The increased use of alternative energy will provide significant long-term environmental, social, and economic benefits to Ontario.
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