A study announced earlier this week by the Ontario Waterpower Association confirms the potential for hydroelectric power development in the province's northern region.
The report, prepared by Hatch Energy with support from the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ontario Power Authority, emphasizes the potential for hydroelectric expansion in Ontario's diesel-dependent northeast and opportunities in "reasonable proximity" to the Ring of Fire.
"I am very pleased with the outcome of this initiative," Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli said. "Our 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan expands the target for waterpower to 9,300 MW and establishes a priority for connecting remote communities.
"This report helps identify opportunities for hydroelectric projects that can help Ontario be ready to generate power when and here we need it."
The study builds on updated hydrologic data and applies newly developed geographic information system analytical tools to assess hundreds of potential hydropower sites, OWA said.
"While Ontario's north has long been recognized for its significant untapped potential, this is the first time we've specifically focused on questions of socioeconomic opportunities in the region," OWA President Paul Norris said. "This product will help enable planning for the province."
An executive summary of the report is available via the Ontario Waterpower Association's website.
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