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Northwestern municipalities to proclaim waterpower day
(June 16th, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ontario) The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is pleased to announce that the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) has joined the growing number of communities proclaiming “Waterpower Day” in Ontario. Waterpower Day is being celebrated annually on June 20th, the birthdate of Sir Adam Beck, who founded the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario.
“NOMA is pleased to recognize June 20th as Ontario’s annual Waterpower Day,” said Wendy Landry, NOMA’s President and Mayor of the municipality of Shuniah. “Waterpower has been critical to this region’s economic prosperity and still accounts for more than 80% of the electricity generation in the north.”
“I am extremely pleased to welcome NOMA as a Waterpower Champion in the celebration of an industry that has played a foundational role in Northwestern Ontario’s economic development,” said Paul Norris, President of OWA. “The Northwest can build on the strength of its existing waterpower assets and the significant future opportunities linked to transmission expansion, including the East-West Tie, Wataynikaneyap and Waasigan projects”
Northern manufacturing, mining, and forestry companies are often located near waterpower facilities, taking advantage of the affordable, and reliable electricity they provide. There remains significant untapped waterpower potential in the north and community involvement and support as well as partnerships with indigenous communities will be essential to realizing this potential and the significant benefits it can provide.
NOMA is made up of four components: the Kenora District Municipal Association, the Rainy River District Municipal Association, the Thunder Bay District Municipal League and the City of Thunder Bay. Together with the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM), who has also proclaimed Waterpower Day, they form the Northern Caucus of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).
There are 224 waterpower facilities across the province responsible for one quarter of Ontario’s electricity supply – almost 40 of these facilities have been in production for over a century providing some of the lowest cost energy in the province. A recent opinion poll indicated over 90% public support for waterpower across Ontario.
For more information on OWA, visit: www.owa.ca.
For more information on NOMA, visit www.noma.on.ca
For more information, contact:
Stephanie Landers firstname.lastname@example.org, Manager, Community Relations and Public Outreach
Ontario Waterpower Association
Office: 866-743-1500 ext. 25 – Cell: 705-930-1314