02/23/2009

Toronto, Ontario, Feb. 23, 2009 – Ontario municipalities look forward to working with the Ontario Government to make our province a world leader in green energy, says Peter Hume, President of the AMO.
“Municipal governments appreciate that renewable energy is a top priority for Ontario.  Affordable and sustainable energy is critical to the prosperity of our communities,” said Peter Hume, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.  

The proposed legislation would open doors to generating more electricity from renewable sources such as wind, sunlight, geothermal and bio-gas.  Ontario’s green energy plan would increase energy conservation and local generation, while decreasing transmission costs and greenhouse gas emissions.  Similarly, revenue to municipalities could increase, while costs decline.

“In times like these, we all have to embrace opportunities,” added Hume.  “And there are plenty of new opportunities for municipalities in these green energy proposals.”

AMO expects that proposals to change municipal planning authority will be offset by processes that provide for municipal input and public consultation on energy issues. Planning and consultation are cornerstones of good government.

“AMO will work with the Minister to develop planning standards and processes that provide for community input.”

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system. 

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