APPrO response to Ontario Energy Minister Dwight Duncan's vision speech, April 15, 2004

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For immediate release: April 15, 2004


Producers see new energy plan as a “positive step”

TORONTO, April 15, 2004 – Ontario’s power producers welcome the broad energy policy direction for Ontario outlined today by Energy Minister Dwight Duncan said David Butters, President of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO).

“We’re pleased that the government is committed to ensuring adequate supply and doing so in a pragmatic, economic way. It’s clear that they intend to improve the stability of the sector, create a conducive climate for business, and consult with affected stakeholders on the detailed arrangements - of which there are many. These actions will all contribute to the crucial task of building confidence in the sector,” he said.

“Ontario has a critical shortage of generating capacity. We are pleased that the government is building on key recommendations from the Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force to address these issues. APPrO believes that today’s announcement and the legislation that follows can encourage the development of new supply capacity, ensuring Ontario has an affordable and reliable supply of power,” Butters noted.

“The direction the government is setting to stabilize the energy sector and begin a process of contracting for major amounts of power and energy efficiency, within the context of an ongoing market, is generally viewed by producers as a positive step, said Butters. “It’s a pragmatic approach, but the real test will be in how the government deals with the mechanics. Fortunately, in the power industry there’s a lot of expertise and enthusiasm to use it - to work on those kinds of details with government. We all want to see a healthy, competitive and environmentally-friendly power industry grow out of this initiative as soon as possible.” Butters noted that APPrO supports the importance being attached to conservation and renewables in solving Ontario’s electricity supply challenges.

However, Butters said that there are serious risks if the details are not worked out properly. “There are three important prerequisites: First, the need to treat fairly those who have already invested in Ontario based on previous rules. Second, that the design of the new Power Authority - its structure, governance, role and creditworthiness - must be sound and developed with full input from affected parties before legislation is finalized. Third, recognizing that a stable legislative and regulatory regime is indispensable as part of the framework for new investment.” He noted that one of the serious risks is that while concentrating on new supply, the viability of existing generators could be endangered if appropriate safeguards are not built into the government’s plans.

“We intend to work closely with the government and other stakeholders on the specifics to make sure this initiative produces the best possible deal for all consumers,” he said.

APPrO is a non-profit organization representing more than 100 companies involved in the generation of electricity in Ontario, including generators and suppliers of services, equipment and consulting services. APPrO members produce power from co-generation, hydro-electric, gas, coal, nuclear, wind energy, waste wood and other sources. APPrO’s members currently produce over 95% of the electricity made in Ontario.

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For further information:
David Butters, President, 416-322-6549

Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)
PO Box 1084, Stn. F, Toronto, Ont. M4Y 2T7
tel.: 416-322-6549                fax 416-481-5785   
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Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)
PO Box 1084, Stn. F, Toronto, Ont. M4Y 2T7
tel.: 416-322-6549                fax 416-481-5785   
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     website: http://www.newenergy.org

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Last update: April 15, 2004
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