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The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) applauds Hydro One's announcement that it will act on the recommendation of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and begin the process of seeking approvals for a new transmission line to deliver electricity from the Bruce County, Ontario, region to the province's electricity consumers.

"Transmission constraints in the Bruce region are currently an obstacle to wind energy development in an area that has some of southern Ontario's best wind resources," says Robert Hornung, CanWEA's president. "New transmission capacity in this area is essential if Ontario is to capture its potential for clean and renewable energy development."

In a report released last fall, the OPA indicated that new investment in transmission infrastructure would allow approximately 1,700 MW of new renewable electricity generation (primarily wind energy) to reliably transmit power to electricity consumers, CanWEA says. Ontario currently has 415 MW of installed wind energy capacity - the draft Integrated Power System Plan developed by the OPA envisions 5,000 MW of wind energy in Ontario by 2020.

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