Ontario Energy Association

Ontario Energy Association

November 23, 2010 16:09 ET

Ontario Energy Association Responds to Release of Long-Term Energy Plan

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2010) - The Ontario Energy Association welcomes the release of Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan. 

"We're glad the plan is in place," says Elise Herzig, OEA President and Chief Executive Officer. "Now the government needs to step back and let its agencies and the energy sector do their jobs."

Released today by the Ministry of Energy, the plan sets out the province's energy goals for the next two decades and commits to modernizing and expanding the electricity system.

"The plan increases reliability and energy security for the people of Ontario," says Herzig. "Our members have told us that businesses need stability and predictability if they are to build and invest in Ontario. For the plan to work, however, government needs to stick to it and resist the temptation to make decisions based on short-term considerations."

In an independent OEA member survey conducted last summer, 71 per cent of respondents believed they had been adversely affected by unexpected changes in government policy.

One of the additions to Ontario's energy system is the proposal to build two new nuclear reactors at the Darlington nuclear facility. Herzig called on the federal government to make sure it does not delay a decision on the future of Atomic Energy Canada Limited that would hinder the construction of these needed nuclear facilities.

"Overall, we are pleased that the government listened to our members in developing this plan, says Herzig. "We applaud the government's recognition that nuclear energy and natural gas will continue to be the backbone and backup, respectively, of the province's energy system. We also hope the plan will be flexible enough to adapt as required to the projected long-term supply and price competitiveness resulting from shale gas."

The Ontario Energy Association has more than 150 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