Town wins its long battle against power plant

Thu, 07 Oct 2010

The Town of Oakville received the news from the province that it has waited nearly two years to hear when Energy Minister Brad Duguid and Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn announced the cancellation of the proposed TransCanada power plant in Oakville at a press conference earlier today.

“This is wonderful news for our community,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Town Council, staff and our residents have worked tirelessly over the last two years to collect the evidence required to prove to the province that this power plant did not belong in the overtaxed Oakville-Clarkson airshed. We’re grateful that the province has listened to us and made the right decision.”

The province cited that it can meet local electricity needs through other measures, including green energy, conservation efforts and a transmission solution, as its reasons for  cancelling the power plant.

“Council is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community and we will fight any proposal that will negatively impact the quality of life in our community,” added Mayor Burton. “As a result of the work that has taken place over the past two years, we’re very proud to be the first community in Ontario to have put in place a by-law to protect the health of our community by regulating harmful PM 2.5 emissions. We are equally proud to have created planning policies and regulations that set new standards for assessing the appropriate size, type, scale and location of proposed power generation facilities. This is a tremendous legacy for us to leave for future generations.”

On March 30, 2009 the Town of Oakville passed an interim control by-law to provide the town with sufficient time to complete the planning studies necessary to consider appropriate planning policies and regulations to govern power generating facilities within the Town of Oakville.

On September 30, 2009 the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) announced it had accepted TransCanada's bid to build a 900-megawatt natural gas-fired power generation facility on Ford-owned lands in southeast Oakville, near Royal Windsor and Ford Drive.

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For more information

Jane Courtemanche
Director, Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601 ext.3038
f: 905-338-4259
jcourtemanche@oakville.ca