THUNDER BAY – “Municipal leaders throughout the Northwest want to see this conversion move ahead – and rightly so,” stated Bill Mauro the MPP for Thunder Bay Atikokan. “With all the mining activity expected in our region, this generating capacity is a critical piece of our future economic development. I’m not convinced by the argument from the OPA”.
On Friday, November 2nd, 2012, MPP Bill Mauro attended a meeting with the City of Thunder Bay Inter-Governmental Liaison Committee. The meeting focused on Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) public statement that the Thunder Bay Generating Station is no longer necessary to meet the long-term energy needs of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.
In response, MPP Mauro offered to convene a meeting between the Hon. Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy, officials from the City of Thunder Bay, and NOMA. This meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 13th in Toronto. The purpose of this meeting is to make sure that the Minister is fully aware of the concerns of elected officials in the Northwest about OPA’s position, and the importance of moving forward with the plan to upgrade the local plant for conversion.
“I’m committed to working with elected officials throughout the Northwest to make sure this conversion goes forward.”
Working to preserve the Thunder Bay Generating Station Conversion to Natural Gas,” stated Mauro.