The Conservative Party has introduced a Bill to revoke the Green
Energy Act and the FIT Program. It was tabled on March 26th and is
set to be debated, and then put to a vote regarding whether it gets
a Second Reading on Thursday April 18, 2013. (see a summary of the
Bill at the end of this e-mail).
It's important we collectively raise the pro-renewables
voice around the province today!
What you can do:
Call or visit your MPP's constituency office before April
18th 2013 to communicate your objection to Bill 39!
While many do not believe this Bill will pass, we do believe the
government is watching to see the extent to which Ontarians support
green energy by how vocal they are in opposition to this Bill.
The best ACTION to take at this time is to CALL YOUR MPP or
visit their constituency office in person and share with them that
you are a member of their constituency with a community power
project under development that engages and benefits a significant
number of other local citizens. If you're not sure who
your MPP is, here is how you can find out here:
Summary of Bill 39:
The Bill enacts a new Act to deal with industrial wind
No person is allowed to install or operate an industrial wind
turbine unless authorized by a by-law of the municipality where the
turbine is located. The installation or operation of industrial
wind turbines is entirely prohibited in the Niagara Escarpment
Planning Area or the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan
The Bill amends the Electricity Act, 1998 to prohibit the
Ontario Power Authority (OPA) from entering into contracts for the
procurement of electricity supply or capacity derived from
renewable energy sources unless the price for the supply or
capacity does not exceed the price that would be payable if the
supply or capacity were derived from non-renewable energy
The Bill terminates the feed-in tariff program that the OPA has
developed to procure energy from renewable energy sources.
The Bill amends the Green Energy Act, 2009 to allow
municipalities, by by-law, to restrict the use of goods, services
and technologies designed to promote energy conservation and to
restrict activities with respect to renewable energy projects,
renewable energy sources or renewable energy testing projects.
The Bill amends the Planning Act to reverse the effect of the
amendments made to the Act by Schedule K to the Green Energy and
Green Economy Act, 2009. Those amendments exempted renewable energy
undertakings from the normal application of the Planning Act,
including policy statements, provincial plans, official plans,
demolition control by-laws, zoning by-laws and development permit
regulations and by-laws.
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