APPrO comment on the announcement of a power contracting process, January 21, 2004

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For immediate release: January 21, 2004


Contracting process an “excellent decision”

Yesterday’s announcement by the Ontario government that it will soon begin a process of contracting for up to 2800 MW of power supplies and energy efficiency, including 300 MW of renewable energy, is being well-received by power producers across the province.

“We are very pleased to see the government taking strong and early action on their commitment to improve the supply situation for the province,” said John Brace, President of APPrO, the Association of Power Producers of Ontario. “This is an excellent decision that will help reinforce the security of supply in Ontario and open the door for environmentally-beneficial investment.”

“The decision to purchase 300 MW of renewable energy in short order is a particularly wise choice, and largely consistent with recommendations that we and others in the industry have been making for some time now,” Brace said. “As long as the process is truly competitive, we’re confident that Ontario will be proud of this investment in green power.”

Noting that there are unresolved issues about how the contracting process will be designed, Brace said “We encourage the government to consult with stakeholders and look closely at other jurisdictions with open power markets for models of the best practices that are available - to ensure the most economic and competitive results. APPrO and our members are ready to share our experience about what has worked well in energy contracting and why.”

APPrO has been recommending a competitive power procurement process to address short-term problems with the market, as well as a long-term competitive approach to Resource Adequacy that would give equivalent treatment to electrical generation and efficiency, while treating existing players fairly. In addition, the organization has supported the use of a Renewable Portfolio Standard, to make sure that increasing amounts of renewable energy are added to the mix in a competitive fashion.

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:

John Brace, President, 416-962-6262
Rob McLeese, Past President, 416-366-4820
Jake Brooks, Executive Director 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: January 21, 2004
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