Society of Energy Professionals

Society of Energy Professionals

March 26, 2010 06:31 ET

Energy Professionals: Good electricity news for the north

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - Electricity rate reductions for northern Ontario industries and residents are "a real shot in the arm," says the leader of Ontario's energy professionals.

"It's good news for northern industries and jobs," said Rod Sheppard, President of the Society of Energy Professionals. "I'm especially glad to see the McGuinty government's recognition that the electricity system can serve as an important tool of economic policy, and a boost to our industries' competitiveness."

"This cost relief ought to be what northern Ontario industries-especially forestry and mines-need to get back to work, and I challenge them to do so."

Sheppard's comments were in response to Finance Minister Dwight Duncan's presentation to the Legislature of the 2010 budget.

The devastating job losses in northern Ontario began long before the 2008-9 economic downturn. Successive provincial governments' experiments with the electricity system have resulted in much higher electricity prices. Those prices have been blamed for shutdowns of mines and mills across the region.

"We recognize the last few years of electricity experimentation were especially hard on the north," said Sheppard. "We're among the groups that have long urged special treatment for that region."

The Society of Energy Professionals represents more than 7,800 professional employees-engineers, scientists, middle management, information technology specialists, etc. in Ontario's electricity sector. The Society supports the government's conservation and renewable-power goals, and believes the Ontario's economy and public needs affordable, reliable, and secure electricity. The Society of Energy Professionals is Local 160 of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. /For further information: please contact Brian Robinson at (416) 716-6438/ IN: ENERGY, LABOUR, TELECOMM

Contact Information

  • Brian Robinson, Communications Officer, Society of Energy Professionals
    Primary Phone: 416-716-6438
    E-mail: brian@society.on.ca