Ontario’s power producers welcome updated energy plan

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For immediate release: December 2, 2013:

 

Ontario’s power producers welcome updated energy plan

Toronto: Ontario's power producers welcomed the Ontario Government’s release of its updated Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) today, Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO) president David Butters said.

 

Butters noted that timely and cost-effective electricity investment in Ontario depends on confidence in a policy environment that is consistent, transparent and fair over a long period. “The LTEP provides a sensible and flexible framework for providing reliable and increasingly clean electricity for Ontario,” he said.

 

Butters said that APPrO urged government during its public consultations to prudently continue with new investments or reinvestment where it makes economic sense or is in line with government policy direction, reliability needs or grid operation, despite forecasts for modest future growth in electricity demand, and continued excess capacity in the short term.

 

“We are pleased that the government has adopted a number of our recommendations, especially the need to commit to and lay out a timetable for nuclear refurbishments at Bruce and Darlington to provide ongoing supply certainty and system reliability. These clean energy resources are the backbone of our electricity supply and help to keep electricity prices low and stable. We cannot afford any uncertainty regarding their future”, he added.

 

“APPrO also believes Ontario should get the maximum value from existing electricity resources”, Butters said. For example, the LTEP notes that 75% of the contracts for the 1200 MW of Ontario’s gas-fired legacy Non-Utility Generators (NUGs) expire by the end of 2018. He noted these resources are widely dispersed, already permitted, support local jobs and industries and can readily provide generation needs and attributes over the LTEP horizon, at prices likely lower than new generation. “A Directive was provided to the OPA in 2010 to begin recontracting negotiations with the NUGs, but only one has been completed so far. The OPA must do better,” he said.

 

Conservation and demand management both figure prominently in the LTEP. “APPrO supports efforts that help the system operator to manage the grid and ratepayers to be as efficient as they can with their electricity use, but we should also recognize that generation stations are multi-product assets: they can provide a wide array of electricity services, provided there is a level playing field on which to compete”, he 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, waste wood 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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website: https://www.appro.org

 

  

 

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