Manitoba News Media Services

Manitoba News Media Services

October 27, 2005 12:30 ET

Manitoba, Ontario Sign Power Sale Agreement

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 27, 2005) - Manitoba and Ontario have signed an agreement that will see Manitoba transfer more than $500 million in clean, renewable hydro power to Ontario, starting in 2006, through the Clean Energy Transfer Initiative.

The agreement is the first phase of a larger 1,500 to 3,000 megawatt (MW) power sale that is currently under discussion by the two provinces. The announcement was made here today by Manitoba Energy, Science and Technology Minister Dave Chomiak, Ontario Energy Minister Donna Cansfield and Manitoba Hydro president and CEO Bob Brennan.

"This is about continuing to build our provinces and our country through strong energy links that will enhance national energy security and stability and help grow our respective economies," Chomiak said. "The clean energy transfer is also one of the single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiatives in Canada, equal to removing 500,000 vehicles from city streets."

"The Clean Energy Transfer Initiative highlights our government's commitment to securing a diverse supply of safe, clean, reliable and affordable electricity for Ontarians," Cansfield said.

The clean energy transfer will begin in 2006 with 150 MW, increasing to 400 MW annually as transmission upgrades come online to increase capacity between Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. The upgrades are expected to be completed in 2009, representing a doubling of east-west grid capacity at the critical Manitoba-Ontario connection point.

In the meantime, Manitoba and Ontario will continue to discuss the second phase of the initiative, a long-term clean energy transfer of up to 3,000 MW. The second phase would require the construction of new generating facilities in Manitoba, as well as new transmission infrastructure. At present, Manitoba has developed approximately half of its hydroelectric potential.

The provinces will continue to work with the federal government on financial support for the project.

Contact Information

  • Peter Dalla-Vicenza
    Manitoba Cabinet Communications
    (204) 945-1494
    Erika Botond
    Donna Cansfield's Office
    (416) 327-3546
    Ted Gruetzner
    Communications Branch
    (416) 327-4334