Ontario Energy Association

Ontario Energy Association

October 07, 2010 16:51 ET

Ontario Energy Association Concerned by Oakville Gas Plant Decision

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2010) - The Ontario Energy Association (OEA) has serious concerns about the Ontario government's decision to abort plans for a natural gas-fueled electricity plant in Oakville.

Energy minister Brad Duguid announced the decision to halt the planned 900-megawatt plant earlier this afternoon.

"We are disappointed by this decision and deeply troubled by its implications for energy security for Greater Toronto Area residents and businesses, and for investment in Ontario," says Elise Herzig, OEA President and CEO. "The Oakville plant would have been a very important source of electricity for the GTA. What is even more troubling is the message this sends to investors and producers, who may see this as an unfair change of the rules and evidence that Ontario is simply not a safe place to invest in."

Citing low electricity demand as a reason for halting the plans for the plant, the government announcement followed months of local protest against plans for building the plant in Oakville.

"It is questionable how long electricity demand will remain at its current low," says Herzig. "Natural gas plants will be needed to fill the supply gap as the coal plants close, because renewables such as wind and solar need to be backed up with reliable forms of low-emission fuel, such as natural gas."

The Ontario Energy Association has more than 170 member companies representing the full diversity of the energy industry in Ontario, including power producers, marketers and retailers, manufacturers, contractors, service providers, and energy consultants.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Energy Association
    John Priddle
    Vice President, Strategic Communications and
    Stakeholder Affairs
    Office: (416) 961-2339 ext. 233 or Mobile: (647) 268-9884
    www.energyontario.ca