Ontario's newest Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) expands the province's target for hydroelectric power from 9,000 MW to 9,300 MW, according to documents released earlier this week by Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli.
The 2013 LTEP, which builds on numbers previously established in 2010, recognizes the potential role for pumped-storage hydro, large and small hydro sites in northern Ontario, and power generation opportunities at existing infrastructure.
"This plan provides improved investment certainty for our industry," Ontario Waterpower Association President Paul Norris said. "I am particularly pleased to see the continued emphasis on addressing the challenges of remote diesel dependency."
Norris said will continue working with Chiarelli's ministry and other regulatory agencies to achieve their targets, with even more development opportunities expected to be identified in the province's northern region.
OWA announced in September that it was coordinating with the Ministries of Energy, Natural Resources and the Ontario Power Authority to review north Ontario's hydropower potential. Results of the study are expected to be released by the end of the year.
Hydroelectricity already accounts for the majority of Ontario's renewable energy, and Chiarelli said earlier this year that hydro will remain an important part of the province's energy plan for years to come.
For more informationa bout the LTEP, visit the Minsitry of Energy's website.
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