Six Nations, Brant and Brantford unite

The Regional

February 24, 2010

Green Accord partners, Six Nations and the County of Brant, have united with the Brantford Brant Chamber of Commerce in support of their mutual efforts to achieve a Provincial Green Energy Hub designation, according to a press release.

"The Six Nations and Brant County Green Accord Commission and the Chamber's Green Hub Committee believe that open dialogue, consultation, strategy sharing and communication will lead to success in securing the Ontario Green Energy Hub designation."

Six Nations signed a memorandum of understanding with the Samsung Corporation last month to contemplate opportunities involving renewable power generation.

According to the terms of a $7 billion green energy investment agreement with the province, Samsung C&T and KEPCO will establish and operate a series of wind and solar power clusters over the next 20 years. The clusters, which will be built in several locations throughout the province, will eventually include wind turbines that will generate up to 2,000MW as well as solar power facilities that will generate up to 500MW. The entire project will have a combined power generating capacity of 2.5GW by 2016, producing energy equivalent to 4% of Ontario's total electricity consumption.

The first stage of the project is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2013 and will include a 500MW cluster (400MW wing and 100MW solar) that will be built in the Chatham-Kent and Haldimand County regions of Southern Ontario.

Both the Six Nations and Brant County Green Accord commission and the Chamber's Green Energy Hub Committee see their efforts as a full and equal partnership where open dialogue, consultation and communication are keys to each other's success.

The Chamber of Commerce established the Green Energy Hub committee with membership including Six Nations, County of Brant, City of Brantford, Brant County Power, Brantford Power, Mohawk College, Wilfrid Laurier University and Nipissing University.

"All our communities in the Brant County area have suffered with the exodus of the farm machinery industry from Brantford," stated Six Nations Elected Chief, William Montour. "If we can get out communities designated a Green Energy Hub, I believe we can again become a powerhouse in research and development of green technologies and get all of our people back to productive and meaningful labour - protecting Mother Earth."

The Green Energy partners and Brant MPP Dave Levac are seeking a meeting with Premier Dalton McGuinty to ask for Green Energy Hub designation.

"I'm extremely excited to see our communities, and our partners within our communities, coming together to effectively position us as the Green Energy Hub of Ontario," says Barry English, President of the Chamber of Commerce Brantford Brant. "The potential impact on jobs and economic development combined with education opportunities for our youth and the prospect of being on the cutting edge of environmental research and development is profound."