On May 6, 2012, Ontario's Minister of Energy, Bob Chiarelli,
sent a letter to both the Ontario
Power Authority (OPA) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
requesting that both organizations work together to develop
recommendations for a new integrated regional energy planning
process. Ontario's new government is hoping to improve the way
in which large energy projects are planned, sited and built across
the province and hopes that these two entities can provide
recommendations that will help Ontario build energy infrastructure
through a process that will have formal inputs from municipalities,
Aboriginal communities, other stakeholders in the development
process and the energy sector. The OPA and the IESO are expected to
report back to the Minister with their recommendations by August 1,
2013. The Minister has specifically requested that the report
contain details on how to "implement regional energy plans,
including: suggested consultations, required policy and regulatory
changes, as well as implementation timelines."
The full details of the request can be found here. Stay tuned to this blog as well will
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. Armed with their new mandates, both the provincial and federal governments introduced a renewed focus on the issue of climate change along with measures intended to reduce Canada's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
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