August 20-27, 2007

Ontario becomes first province to join Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership

TORONTO, ONT-Ontario will be the first province in Canada to join the international Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). "Our membership will allow Ontario to contribute to international policy dialogue on clean energy and help address barriers to clean energy both in Ontario and globally," said Energy Minister Dwight Duncan. With more than 200 partner organizations, REEEP is a global public-private partnership that develops clean energy initiatives. Since its launch in 2003, it and has helped finance more than 50 renewable energy projects in 44 countries. REEEP is funded through national governments and is supported by financial and business professionals and non-governmental organizations across the world. "Ontario's decision to become a partner in REEEP provides a valuable link for Ontario businesses," said Stephen Koch, executive director for the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) Canada and a member of REEEP's North American advisory council. "It will bridge the gap between international standards/opportunities and those industries developing energy-efficient and renewable technologies in this province," he explained. More information is available from Stephen Koch at NAIMA Canada, 613/232-8093.

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