APPrO statement on the release of the IPSP, August 29 2007
TORONTO, August 29, 2007: Ontario's power producers congratulated the Ontario Power Authority and the Ontario government for today’s news that the Integrated Power System Plan has been filed with the Ontario Energy Board for review and approval. Ontario has not prepared a comprehensive power system plan in over 15 years, and today’s announcement is a major milestone in the development of Ontario’s electricity system, APPrO president Dave Butters said.
“Today’s filing brings the province much closer to a longer term energy future based on independent and comprehensive forward planning processes – not short term thinking”, he said. He said that APPrO intends to participate actively in the OEB hearing process.
Butters noted that the OPA has incorporated the flexibility necessary to accommodate a number of uncertainties through the use of appropriate contingencies and reliance on a diversified portfolio of supply resource options. “In particular, we applaud the OPA’s recognition that Ontario’s gas-fired non-utility generation (NUG) operators, currently under contract to the province, may be a source of additional system flexibility and efficiency if there is a standardized process to deal with contract renewals as the expiry dates draw near. APPrO has urged such an approach for some time”, Butters added.
He commended the plan’s strong emphasis on conservation and demand management. “These are essential parts of the picture, and everyone will benefit from conservation and the development of economic opportunities for increased efficiency”, he added.
He also encouraged the OPA to continue to take a leadership role with regard to efficient review and approvals processes and social acceptance of new electricity infrastructure projects. “The successful implementation of this plan rests in the government's ability to break down these barriers in the near-term", he said.
Butters said that APPrO members will continue to do their part to provide new generation solutions, primarily utilizing private sector resources. “We look forward to working with the OPA and other agencies to ensure that Ontario’s power supply needs are met at the best cost, both from new resources and by maximizing the output and efficiency of existing generation resources.”
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.
For further information contact:
Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)
tel: (416) 322-6549 or (647) 444-6549
fax: (416) 481-5785
Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)
PO Box 1084, Stn. F, Toronto, Ont. M4Y 2T7
tel.: 416-322-6549 fax 416-481-5785