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McGuinty Government Rules Out Lakeview Site For for Electricity Plant: Southwest area of the GTA to get a power boost

News Release: July 16, 2008

The McGuinty government announced today that Lakeview's future in electricity generation is over and next steps are underway to ensure residents in the growing Southwestern Greater Toronto Area, including Mississauga, Etobicoke, and Oakville, will have a much-needed supply of local power.

The former Lakeview Generating Station, which operated on the waterfront of Lake Ontario in Mississauga was closed in 2005 as part of the government's plan to phase out dirty coal-fired generation in favour of a cleaner and greener energy future. With other possible site options available for a natural gas plant, Lakeview has been ruled out as a potential site for the new project.

The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure will direct the province's energy planner, the Ontario Power Authority, to launch a competitive bidding process for a combined-cycle natural gas plant of about 850 megawatts in the area. This plant will meet the need for new, clean, reliable power in an area where demand is growing.

As part of Ontario's energy supply planning, Eastern Power has completed the necessary environmental assessment requirements to move forward on its new 280-megawatt Greenfield South combined-cycle gas plant.

Quotes:

"As Ontario gets off of coal we will enhance renewable energy and stimulate conservation," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. "Natural gas will deliver reliability when demand is particularly high."

"Ruling out Lakeview as a site for this new gas plant is an important moment in the history of our community," said Charles Sousa, MPP for Mississauga South. "Many people in our community have worked hard for this, and now we can continue to work together on the next chapter, to revitalize our waterfront."

Quick Facts:

By the end of 2008, nearly 4,000 MW of renewable energy projects will be completed or underway.

The IPSP calls for 500 MW of conservation to be in place in the West GTA region by 2014, which is part of a broader 1,100 MW GTA-wide requirement.

In its final full year of operation, Lakeview released more than two million tonnes (2.3m) of greenhouse gas emissions. When the plant was shut down in 2005, it was the equivalent of taking 460,000 cars off the road for a year.

The new plant will reduce Ontario's carbon footprint by producing less than half the greenhouse gases, less than a third of the nitrogen oxides and about one per cent of the sulphur dioxide of an average coal-fired plant.

 

Learn More:

Read more about Go Green, Ontario's action plan on climate change. (www.gogreenontario.ca)

Media Contacts:

Amy Tang

Minister's Office

(416) 327-6747

Sylvia Kovesfalvi

Communications Branch

(416) 327-4334


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