Guess Who's Running An Electric Utility

Last June, as Secretary-General of the U.N.'s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Canadian Maurice F. Strong exhorted industrial nations to limit consumption, boost efficiency, and curtail pollution and resource depletion--in short, to make growth less harmful to the environment. Now, Strong has an unexpected chance to test his ideas. In December, he became chairman of Ontario Hydro, a nuclear and coal-fired utility that environmentalists call one of Canada's biggest polluters. Strong says he took the job to make Hydro a model for transforming Ontario's economy into "the most energy-efficient and competitive in the world."

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