At a press conference today near the proposed site of the Oakville gas fired power plant, MPP Kevin Flynn announced, “The proposed Oakville power plant has been stopped … it will not be built anywhere in the Town of Oakville.”
The crowd – including Mayor Rob Burton and almost all of Oakville Town Council – roared with applause and cheered, “Way to go Kevin … You Rock!”
Update: Message from Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn
Energy Minister Brad Duguid later announced that the Province’s existing energy plan that was in place 4 years ago identified the need to build a power plant in Oakville. But, due to updates to the energy plan (which will be announced later this fall) including bringing online 8,000 megawatts of new, clean power and upgrades to 5,000 kms of transmission and distribution lines, there is no longer a need for a power plant in Oakville.
Duguid went on to say that the Province’s new energy plan will lay out a vision of Ontario’s energy future and the steps needed to get there and that the “Construction of the proposed gas plant in Oakville will not be moving forward … nor will the plant move forward anywhere else in the GTA.”
When asked about possible penalties due under the contract with TransCanada and whether taxpayers would be footing the bill, Minister Duguid noted that the Province “… has a very positive relationship with TransCanada, they are aware of this decision and we are having very positive discussions going forward.”
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