Ontario Waterpower Association: Energy plan underestimates hydro potential

The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is disappointed that the Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) does not fully recognize the significant unrealized hydropower potential in the province, the OWA said.

The plan, released by Minister of Energy Brad Duguid, includes only a modest increase in the contribution of Ontario's primary renewable energy source, notwithstanding the critical role waterpower plays in ensuring a reliable and affordable energy supply.

"Renewable power from Ontario's fleet of 200 waterpower facilities moderates electricity prices for consumers across the province," said Paul Norris, president of the OWA. "Expanding our use of waterpower is absolutely critical to ensuring an affordable and reliable long term energy supply."

The LTEP targets the expansion of waterpower capacity by approximately 1,000 MW by 2018. By 2030, waterpower is projected to account for only one-fifth of the electricity in Ontario.

"Much more potential than is included in this plan has been identified, particularly in northern Ontario," added Norris. "Waterpower was our first choice a century ago and should be our first choice today for an economical and dependable source of generation."

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