Ontario Energy Association

Ontario Energy Association

November 03, 2005 12:34 ET

Ontario's Energy Industry and Government Work Together to Drive Conservation Agenda

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 3, 2005) - Today, the provincial government introduced legislation to further advance the conservation agenda and help build an even stronger conservation culture in Ontario. The legislation proposes to remove barriers and take advantage of opportunities for conservation and energy efficiency, and highlights an important leadership role for public sector organizations. The legislation also provides the framework for the implementation of smart meter technology across the province.

"Ontario has not been alone in experiencing upward pressure on energy prices," said Shane Pospisil, President and CEO of the 160-member Ontario Energy Association. "One of the biggest challenges now is to build a new Ontario advantage around our ability to innovate, adapt and reposition ourselves as a global leader in the efficient use of energy," Pospisil added. "As a crucial first step, it is essential that energy consumers in the province be provided with the information, incentives and tools, such as smart meters, to better manage their energy bills."

In a keynote speech at the Ontario Energy Association's recent 2005 Conference, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty stressed the need to change from a "consumption culture" to a "conservation culture." The Premier also talked about the importance of having consumers pay the true costs of electricity, rather than subsidizing or capping prices. By committing to install smart meters in 800,000 homes by 2007, the government is providing consumers with the necessary tools to respond to the changing energy-cost environment.

"Achieving the government's conservation goals will also require that we all take a big picture approach and fully consider the important inter-relationships between energy, the environment and economic competitiveness," said Pospisil. "Ontario's utilities and energy industry as a whole represent the primary interface with consumers. We continue to deliver innovative programs and results on conservation and energy efficiency. And we look forward to working collaboratively with the government to implement the proposed legislation in the best interests of consumers."

With over 160 members, the Ontario Energy Association (OEA) is the largest energy-related trade association in Ontario. By cutting across sectoral boundaries, the OEA is ideally positioned to provide integrated advice to government on behalf of its members.

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