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Will county be a provincial energy hub?

The Dunnville Chronicle: KAREN BEST - March 27, 2009

Haldimand County wants to market itself as an provincial energy hub to retain jobs and property tax revenue.

Recently Coun. Buck Sloat and CAO Don Boyle spoke to Brant County MPP Dave Levac about promoting Ontario investment in the Highway 6 corridor through the county to the Nanticoke industrial park.

The MPP said he was willing to carry the county's request for energy hub recognition to Queens Park.

The hub concept was born when council struck a committee to look at power generation options due to the 2014 closure of the Ontario Power Generation plant in Nanticoke. It employs 600 and pays about $3 million in property taxes.

Power generation options can include nuclear, wind, biomass, solar and other sources.

Even with a scaled down operation at the coal fire plant, the county needs to work proactively with the province to create new economies and to build on assets in Nanticoke, noted Sloat.

In Ontario, the government has designated a number of hubs including a health hub in Hamilton, pointed out Boyle.

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