Industry pushing Ontario to move faster on bringing new capacity online

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With the Ontario government's first round of renewable energy purchases complete (Windpower Monthly, December 2004), Canada's wind industry is pushing it to move even further and faster to bring new capacity online. The province signed power purchase agreements late last year with nine developers for 395 MW of renewable energy, 90% of it wind power. The request for proposals (RFP) was the first step in its goal to have 2700 MW of generating capacity from renewables by 2010. In a letter to Energy Minister Dwight Duncan, the Canadian Wind Energy Association urged the government to double the target to 5400 MW and sign contracts for the bulk of it by 2007 in order to maximize Ontario's wind turbine manufacturing and job creation opportunities. "We believe that the level of interest expressed in the initial RFP, and the fact that there are many wind energy organizations currently developing projects across Ontario, demonstrates that Ontario has only scratched the surface of its wind energy potential." Duncan says the province will issue a second renewables RFP early this year.

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