Wind industry welcomes Ontario’s continued commitment to a clean energy …

May 30, 2013 by  
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OTTAWA, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ – The Canadian Wind Energy Association
(CanWEA) today welcomed the Ontario Minister of Energy’s continued
commitment to a clean energy future and a growing role for communities
as the province continues to modernize its electricity system. Minister
Bob Chiarelli also announced the current Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) program
for large renewable projects will be replaced by a competitive
procurement process.

“Ontario’s progressive approach to renewable energy development has
successfully attracted billions in new investment and helped revitalize
the manufacturing sector and wind energy is now a very cost-competitive
source of clean, renewable electricity generation,” said Robert
, president of CanWEA. “We look forward to reviewing details of
the announcement today and working with the government and all
stakeholders in the days ahead to establish new long-term renewable
energy targets and stable and ongoing new procurement opportunities
through processes that will help ensure that projects are developed in
a responsible and sustainable manner.”

Municipal engagement and consultation is an important part of the
renewable energy development process. CanWEA created the industry’s
first Best Practices Guidelines for Community Engagement and Public
to help its members enhance local communications about wind energy
developments. The guide was informed by the feedback of municipal
officials and stakeholders.

“College students are graduating to good jobs in a homegrown industry
and hundreds of millions of dollars are right now flowing into
communities across the province. First Nations groups are showing
significant interest in partnering in renewable energy projects as they
continue to seek new ways to protect our environment while using land
productively. We look forward to working together to create the stable
policy framework required to ensure that clean energy jobs and
investments will continue to flow into Ontario,” said Hornung.

About the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
CanWEA is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting
the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its
more than 400 members. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves
as Canada’s leading source of credible information about wind energy
and its social, economic and environmental benefits. To join other
global leaders in the wind energy industry, CanWEA believes Canada can
and must reach its target of producing 20 per cent or more of the
country’s electricity from wind by 2025. The document WindVision 2025 – Powering Canada’s Future is available at


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