Minister: Hydro important to Canada’s clean energy plan

Canada Minister of Natural Resources Gary Lunn says hydropower is an important component in Canada’s plan to meet its energy demands and protect the environment.

�No one in Ottawa doubts hydro is the leading source of electricity production in Canada,” Lunn told the Canadian Hydropower Association Oct. 26. “Hydro is and will continue to be a significant contributor to reducing greenhouse gas and pollution, not only here in Canada, but also in the U.S.�

Lunn addressed CHA’s Forum on Hydropower 2006 — just seven days after the Conservative government released its proposed Clean Air Act. The act calls for cutting 2003 levels of greenhouse gases by 45 to 65 percent by 2050.

He singled out small hydro as �especially important,� praising ongoing work to find ways to develop small hydro sites economically and in an environmentally sound way.

Other speakers echoed Lunn’s message, including President James Carr of the Business Council of Manitoba.

�Hydro is the hottest game in town,� Carr said. �As a clean, renewable energy source, hydro is the future.�

More than 100 individuals participated in the forum, Oct. 26-27 in Gatineau. Participating utilities and private developers shared plans for new development throughout Canada.

In the event’s keynote address, Ontario Power Generation’s John Murphy outlined plans for new hydro development in Ontario.

�I think there is about 5,000 MW that can be developed,� said Murphy, executive vice president for hydro. �We believe in it, and we’re going to make it happen.�

Details about the forum or CHA can be obtained from the CHA Internet site, www.canhydropower.org.

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