Ontario power producers welcome the FIT program

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For immediate release: September 24, 2009

Ontario power producers welcome Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff Program

TORONTO, September 24, 2009 - Ontario's power producers congratulated the Government of Ontario and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure on the introduction of Ontario’s new Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program today.

“This is a very bold step toward the future and it will change the way we think about the electricity system and its relationship to our society,' APPrO president Dave Butters said.

APPrO was one of the earliest advocates of a standard offer program for small scale renewable and clean energy facilities as part of a balanced supply procurement program. The new FIT program is capable of bringing out a wide range of renewable energy projects, both large and small scale, commercial and community based, and has the potential to encourage the growth of a very diverse renewable energy industry based in Ontario, Butters said.

However, he expressed disappointment that the government has not changed the proposed setback of 550 metres for wind turbines. APPrO has recommended a more flexible approach based on decibel levels. It believes this would be the right balance between program success and health and safety issues, and would encourage quieter technologies. While he predicted that the setback will have a negative impact on program uptake and success initially, Butters said that generators were hopeful that over time, working with the government, a more effectively targeted set of rules producing more satisfactory results for all concerned could be achieved.

Overall APPrO is encouraged that with this announcement and other announcements earlier in the week about transmission and distribution investments Ontario can achieve an environmentally and economically sustainable electricity sector that ensures adequacy, reliability, and the optimal environmental footprint and electricity cost for Ontario consumers – and supports the business interests of electricity generators. “If our energy policies are forward-looking and well balanced we will be able to ensure the right kind of energy for consumers of all kinds, whenever they need it, at a price they can afford,' Butters said.

APPrO is a non-profit organization representing more than 100 companies involved in the generation of electricity in Ontario, including generators, suppliers of services, equipment and consulting services. APPrO members produce power from nuclear, hydro, fossil, wind, biomass and other energy sources. APPrO's members currently produce over 95% of the electricity generated in Ontario.


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For further information contact:

David Butters, President
Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)
25 Adelaide St. E., Suite 1602, Toronto ON M5C 3A1
tel: (416) 322-6549 or (647) 444-6549
fax: (416) 481-5785
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