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Ontario and Manitoba are leading low carbon growth in Canada

Date
26 March 2014
Ontario and Manitoba are leading low carbon growth in Canada

NEW YORK: Canada's Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger have joined together to tackle climate change through energy innovation and renewable power promotion.

The two premiers signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Canadian Energy Innovation Summit which enables further collaboration between Ontario and Manitoba in the energy sector, with Premier Kathleen Wynne noting that "Ontario and Manitoba have so much to offer each other".

Both provinces have been prioritizing their renewable energy transition, and at present Ontario's electricity sector is on track to being completely coal-free by the end of 2014.

Similarly, Manitoba's electricity is made up of more than 98% renewable sources. The introduction of Manitoba's 'Power Smart' energy efficiency project has also resulted in local families and businesses saving over US$900 million on their utility bills.

Ontario and Manitoba are committed to sharing their expertise in the hope that energy conservation, efficiency, security and reliability can be equally improved in both provinces. The two regions believe that the low carbon economy will boost job creation and economic development both for local people and the country as a whole.

Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba, was enthusiastic about the new collaboartive venture, stating: "Innovation and cooperation is the key to a prosperous and sustainable economy. Working together with Ontario to develop new conservation technologies, green jobs, and reliable energy resources is the smart way forward for our provinces and Canada as a whole."

Davida Heller, Head of Member Engagement at The Climate Group, responded: "Ontario and Manitoba, members of our States and Regions Alliance, are showing commendable leadership in driving the Clean Revolution forward. By creating an environment which facilitates knowledge exchange on evidenced based practical solutions, the two provinces are creating a more prosperous, low carbon economy for Canada. It is this type of regional innovation and collaboration which will pave the way for future progress on climate change."

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