APPrO statement on the Toronto supply announcement of February 10 2006
TORONTO, February 10, 2006 -- Ontario's power producers said that today’s announcement by the Province that it is directing the Ontario Power Authority to procure power in the downtown Toronto area is a difficult but acceptable decision. According to APPrO President Dave Butters, putting this new supply in place will provide substantial electricity reliability benefits to Canada’s biggest city and its financial centre while providing a base for additional urban growth and intensification – issues highlighted in the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) recent Ontario Reliability Outlook.
Butters said that while power producers generally prefer to see new supply initiatives provided through competitive processes, in some cases urgent public need has to be considered. “It’s no secret that reinvesting in energy infrastructure in Ontario is one of the major challenges facing the province over the next decade”, Butters noted. “Neither supply nor conservation alone will meet the challenge, but we are running out of maneuvering room in either area. Some tough decisions will have to be made -- this isn’t likely to please everyone, but sometimes you just have to get on with it.”
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:
David Butters, President
Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)
25 Adelaide St. E., Suite 1602, Toronto ON M5C 3A1
tel: (416) 322-6549
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