NEWS October 7, 2010
Oakville - Today, Energy Minister Brad Duguid, Mississauga South MPP Charles Sousa and Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn were at Otello’s in Oakville to announce that the gas-fired power plant proposed to be built at the Ford plant in Oakville will not be going forward.
When the need for the plant was first identified four years ago, there were higher demand projections for electricity in the area. Since then, changes in demand and supply - including more than 8,000 megawatts of new, cleaner power and successful conservation efforts - have made it clear that this proposed natural gas plant is no longer required.
A transmission solution can ensure that the growing region will have enough electricity to meet the future energy needs of homes, hospitals, schools and businesses.
In his remarks, the Minister also made reference to the efforts of Flynn and
Sousa to represent the concerns their communities had about the proposed location, including its affect on local air quality.
Issues around air quality has been at the forefront in south Mississauga for many years and Sousa has been working with community leaders to push for increased environmental protections since his election in 2007.
“As we’re putting together an update to our long term energy plan, it has become clear we no longer need this plant in Oakville. With transmission investments we can keep the lights on and still shut down all dirty coal-fired generation.”
- Hon. Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy
“This is a great day for south Mississauga! I’ve been working with community leaders on this issue since my first day on the job and today all of our hard work has paid off. I’m proud to be a part of a government that has listened to this community and made the responsible choice to protect our
sensitive airshed. I’m very happy to say that no new gas plant will be built in Oakville or Mississauga.”
- Charles Sousa MPP, Mississauga South
The need for additional generation in Southwest GTA was first identified in 2006. Since then, additional supply has come online and the demand picture has changed in the region.
Ontario permanently closed four more units of dirty, smog-producing, coal-fired generation on October 1, 2010, four years ahead of schedule.
In 2009, more than 80 per cent of our generation came from emissions-free sources.
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