TORONTO, June 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today the government of Ontario announced the appointment of the Honorable Greg Rickford as Ontario’s new Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. The Ontario Energy Association (OEA) is pleased to congratulate Minister Rickford in his new role and welcomes the opportunity to work together to shape a stronger energy future for Ontario. The OEA looks forward to supporting Minister Rickford in advancing the government’s vision for Ontario’s energy sector to ensure low cost and reliable outcomes for Ontario’s families and businesses.

“Ontario has the benefit of an excellent energy infrastructure.  The OEA looks forward to working with the new Minister to help leverage our energy infrastructure to deliver affordable and reliable energy solutions to Ontario’s families and businesses,” said Cynthia Hansen, Chair of the Ontario Energy Association.

Moving forward, the OEA will continue to serve as a non-partisan, educational resource to help the government make well informed decisions and optimize energy policies to benefit Ontario energy consumers. The OEA’s Energy Platform, is an excellent starting point to guide energy policy development and implementation.

The Energy Platform outlines three key energy policy recommendations for Ontario to achieve an energy system that is reliable and low cost: (1) Reforming the governance of energy planning; (2) Optimizing use of existing infrastructure; and (3) Lead regulatory evolution. With Ontario’s Ministry of Energy under new leadership, it brings new opportunities for energy policy development and to address Ontario’s energy policy priorities.

The OEA extends their best wishes to Minister Rickford and welcomes them to Ontario’s energy sector.

About the OEA
The Ontario Energy Association (OEA) is the credible and trusted voice of the energy sector. We earn our reputation by being an integral and influential part of energy policy development and decision making in Ontario. We represent Ontario’s energy leaders that span the full diversity of the energy industry.

For more information: 
Vince Brescia, President & CEO
Ontario Energy Association
416.961.8874
vince@energyontario.ca

Leanne Ryan, Marketing & Communications Associate
Ontario Energy Association
647.463.5244
leanne@energyontario.ca