Ontario Energy Association

Ontario Energy Association

September 21, 2010 15:53 ET

Ontario Energy Association to Prepare A Blueprint for Energy Policy

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2010) - The Ontario Energy Association (OEA) will produce a policy paper containing recommendations for dealing with the long-term requirements of Ontario's energy system.

Key elements of the paper, to be titled A Blueprint for Energy Policy in Ontario, were discussed today at the 2010 OEA Annual Conference, held in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and attended by senior leaders and decision makers in industry and government.

"Ontario's energy sector needs a long-term, fact-based plan, as well as stability and predictability," said Elise Herzig, OEA President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our energy system has issues that transcend political considerations and need to be dealt with in an integrative, holistic way. That message will be central to the Blueprint, which is why we'll be providing the paper to all parties in the run-up to the October 2011 election."

The OEA aims to release the paper in early winter 2010.

Also announced at the Conference were the results of a survey of OEA members conducted in late summer 2010. The survey confirmed that members believe that having a clear but flexible plan that addresses long-term needs is crucial to the future of the energy sector in Ontario. It also revealed that the main challenge facing members in their planning and operations is the uncertain policy and regulatory environment in which they operate.

"OEA members represent the broader energy community," said Herzig. "Their number-one concern is not with the overall direction of energy policy, but with the tendency of government to become involved the details of the sector. The aim of our paper is to help political and government leaders establish stability in the sector."

The Ontario Energy Association (OEA) 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, Communications and Stakeholder Affairs
    (416) 961-2339 ext. 233
    www.energyontario.ca