TransAlta’s Sarnia plant.

When the Ontario Government asked for comment on its proposed Cap and Trade Program, the local Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce connected the Ontario Chamber of Commerce with local industry to discuss the proposed amendments and how they would benefit local industry.

The result is a letter sent by the Ontario Chamber to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, supporting amendments to the legislation that would help customers of the Sarnia Regional Cogeneration plant, a system that uses natural gas to produce steam and electrical power.

Some of that power is eventually delivered to the provincial grid, which is managed by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

Under the existing rules put forward by the Ontario Government, customers of the cogen facility would not be able to receive carbon credits (known as “free allowances”) for the electricity they buy from the grid, all due to the fact that the electricity purchase was not transferred directly from the cogeneration plant to the customer.

The Ontario Chamber, in the letter to the Ministry (which can be seen HERE), said it is supporting a change that would provide free allowances to the cogeneration plant’s customers.

“The proposed change would allow for the intricacies of regional cogeneration to be properly addressed under the cap and trade program,” said Richard Koroscil, interim president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the  regulatory change would also allow for regional cogeneration to be given the same treatment as an onsite cogeneration system, thus creating fair and equal treatment for cogeneration.

The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is a member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.