Ontario to Study Benefits of Renewables

The government of Ontario will spend a year to study the option of renewable energy.

TORONTO, Ontario, CA, 2001-07-06 [SolarAccess.com] Provincial energy minister Jim Wilson and environment minister Elizabeth Witmer will establish a special committee on Alternative Fuel Sources. The all-party committee will make recommendations on environmentally friendly forms of energy generation that could offer alternatives to the province’s existing fossil fuel sources. “Energy sources and advanced technologies that generate fewer emissions and less waste are good for our environment and for human health,” says Witmer. “I look forward to this committee’s recommendations on innovative alternatives to burning fossil fuels.” The group was first proposed earlier this year in the government action plan, ‘21 Steps into the 21st Century.’ The study will address the government’s plans to maintain a clean environment and will also serve to address deregulation in Ontario’s electricity market, which has been postponed until next May. “A key principle guiding our vision for a competitive electricity market is to support the search for alternative sources of power,” explains Wilson. “Competition will also promote innovative energy conservation and efficiency technologies.” If approved by the Legislature, the committee will be chaired by Northumberland MPP Doug Galt and will start its study this summer. Other members are Marie Bountrogianni, Jim Bradley, Marilyn Churley, Steve Gilchrist, John Hastings, John O’Toole, Jerry Ouellette and Ernie Parsons. One of the first tasks of the committee will be to determine how it will consult with experts and the public. Details on consultations will be made public when the group is officially established, and a final report will be due by next May.
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