Ontario will increase local control over future renewable energy
projects, as previously promised by Premier Wynne.
Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario's Minister of Energy,
announced major changes to the planning and procurement of
renewable power generation in the province, in his speech to the
CanSIA Solar Ontario Conference. His press release:
"Working with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and
municipalities, the province will develop a competitive procurement
process for renewable projects over 500 kilowatts (kW). The new
process will replace the existing large project stream of the Feed-In
Tariff (FIT) program and better meet the needs of communities.
It will require energy planners and developers to work directly
with municipalities to identify appropriate locations and site
requirements for any future large renewable energy project.
To further strengthen municipal participation and support
communities, Ontario will:
Revise the Small FIT program rules for projects between 10 and
500 kW to give priority to projects partnered or led by
Work with municipalities to determine a property tax rate
increase for wind turbine towers.
Provide funding to help small and medium-sized municipalities
develop Municipal Energy Plans – which will focus on
increasing conservation and helping to identify the best energy
infrastructure options for a community.
Ontario is also renewing its commitment to small renewable
energy projects by making 900 megawatts (MW) of new capacity
available, between now and 2018, for the Small FIT and microFIT
programs. This fall, the OPA will open a new procurement window for
both programs, and starting in 2014, annual procurement targets
will be set at 150 MW for Small FIT and 50 MW for microFIT. These
measures are expected to create 6,400 jobs and produce enough
electricity each year for more than 125,000 homes.
Engaging municipalities is part of the new Ontario
government's plan to build strong communities, powered by
clean, reliable energy."
Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change continues to roll out its Climate Change Action Plan with its proposed GHG guide for projects that are subject to the province's Environmental Assessment Act.
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