Energy hot topic on final day of AMO Conference
North Bay, ON – August 17, 2016 – During the final day of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference, the City of North Bay sat down with the province’s energy minister to discuss the future of hydro in North Bay.
The City’s delegation met with Glenn Thibeault, Minister of Energy, about two important topics that affect the future of North Bay: North Bay Hydro and the Atlantic Power Corporation.
“North Bay Hydro is consistently ranked among the top local distribution corporations in the province, and as a result the City remains competitive and residents get to enjoy lower electricity rates,” said Mayor Al McDonald. “There is genuine concern about the increasing regulatory requirements being placed on North Bay Hydro and the impact that this could have on the city in the future.”
Although the province has indicated that any consolidation of local distribution corporations would be voluntary, the City is genuinely concerned about the direction the province is moving with respect to the distribution system, and that North Bay could eventually be forced to consolidate or dispose of the valuable asset.
“The regulations have the potential to decrease the efficiency of the hydro distribution centre and cause consolidation amongst local distributions centres and/or with Hydro One, which we do not support,” stated Mayor McDonald.
The City’s delegation also had the opportunity to speak with the Minister about the future of the Atlantic Power Corporation. The facility, located in North Bay, is an integral part of the economy as an employer, partner, and generator of clean, efficient energy for the grid. However, the corporation’s contract is up in 2017 and the City remains frustrated on the lack of progress to renew the agreement.
"The Atlantic Power project has proven to be a reliable provider of electricity to the grid. It’s low cost, clean and provides the province with diversified sources,” said Mayor McDonald. “In our discussions with the Minister we fully recommended and have asked that the province renew their contract in 2017.”
Wednesday marked the final day of the AMO Conference. Municipal representatives will now make their way back to North Bay.
The City of North Bay is a city of 54,000 people situated between the shores of Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake. For information on City services and programs, North Bay residents, businesses and visitors can visit www.cityofnorthbay.ca