MPP Oosterhoff's Motion on Clean Energy Supported by Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Published on October 01, 2020

Beamsville - A private members' motion, proposed by Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, calling for the removal of regulatory barriers to the expansion of hydrogen technologies was supported by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario today.

The third private members' ballot item introduced by MPP Oosterhoff since being elected, the motion calls for the Government of Ontario to continue improving environmental sustainability, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting economic growth and good jobs by removing regulatory barriers to the expansion of hydrogen technologies in the province and encouraging support from the federal government.

"This motion is a call to do better," said MPP Oosterhoff.

"It is an appeal to our ability as a province to rise to the challenge before us, to remove the barriers holding back our scientists and inventors, those working to take hold of the opportunities that hydrogen technology provides us, and to work together to reduce
carbon emissions and protect the environment."

MPP Oosterhoff noted Ontario is already a North American leader in hydrogen technologies, documenting a number of Ontario made success stories in his member remarks on the motion, including efforts by Ontario-based Hydrogenics, dynaCERT, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Bruce Power.

"From the Markham Energy Storage Facility, owned and operated under a joint venture between Hydrogenics and Enbridge Gas Distribution, to the HydraGEN emission reducing units of clean-tech energy company, dynaCERT, to the next generation nuclear technology of Bruce Power, Ontario is taking the lead in clean hydrogen energy," said MPP Oosterhoff.

"A key objective of our made-in-Ontario Environmental Plan is to unlock private capital and give local businesses and residents new and more affordable ways to invest in energy efficiency, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, added the representative for Niagara West.

"This motion calls for smart regulatory and policy approaches to facilitate and enable innovation rather than hindering it."