According to an announcement from Dwight Duncan, Ontario’s Minister of Energy, the McGuinty government is taking another step towards meeting its renewable energy targets by opening the door to a significant increase in the amount of clean power sources in Ontario – such as wind, solar, water, biomass and landfill gas – to the tune of 300 MW.Queen’s Park – April 29, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] “A sustainable and diverse electricity sector is key to building a strong and prosperous economy and providing a quality of life that is second to none,” Duncan said. “Renewable sources of generation, together with the emergence of a strong conservation culture, will help us clean up our air and replace coal-fired generation in Ontario.” A Request for Proposal (RFP) has been initiated seeking an additional 300 MW of new, renewable electricity capacity for Ontario. This will help the government meet its targets of generating 5 percent (1,350 MW) of Ontario’s total energy capacity from renewable sources by 2007, and 10 percent (2,700 MW) by 2010. Proponents interested in bidding on the RFP will have until July 30th to review and submit their final proposals. It is expected that successful proponents could be announced as early as November 2004. “The release of this RFP demonstrates that the McGuinty government is serious about meeting the renewable energy targets we have set,” Duncan said. “It is a significant and historic first step in what will be a very important part of our energy future. We are sending a clear signal that we want participants in the market interested in clean, renewable electricity to come to the table to help us meet our supply needs.” More information on the RFP can be found at the link below.