Water power projects sought

The Ontario government is furthering its commitment to clean, renewable energy sources by encouraging the development of water power projects on Crown land, Natural Resources minister David Ramsay announced Thursday.
“Making Crown land available for water power projects contributes to the government’s target of generating five percent of Ontario’s total capacity from new renewable sources,” said Ramsay.
“There continues to be considerable potential for additional water power development in many parts of the province,” he added.
The ministry is giving interested parties until Dec. 31, 2006 to express their interest in developing water power sites on Crown land. This period will allow proponents to develop partnerships, and better plan and invest their resources.
To encourage participation, the MNR also is simplifying the application process and making more detailed information available to potential applicants.
The announcement builds on last November’s Request for Proposals for the development of water power on new sites. The ministry received 57 submissions, and obtained development plans for nine sites.
In addition, two other sites—the North Bala Dam and Kapuskasing River—have been awarded to specific proponents to pursue approvals to build and operate a water power facility.
“We are making it more attractive to explore renewable energy options in our province,” said Energy minister Donna Cansfield.
“To do that, we are removing barriers, freeing up resources, and implementing new ideas to help us meet our supply needs in an environmentally responsible way,” she added.
More information is available on the ministry’s water power website at www.mnr.gov.on.ca/mnr/water/waterpower.html