The Proposal is intended to provide additional guidance in
support of the regulatory amendments which came into effect on May
1, 2016 by way of EBR Decision Notice 012-4493, and
which we covered in a previous post. The May 1, 2016 changes
were implemented to address advancements in wind turbine technology
and to incorporate the most recent 2013 CSA standard for wind
turbine acoustic noise measurement.
The changes in the Proposal include aligning the Technical Guide
the regulatory amendments which came into effect on May 1,
2016, clarifying the transition rules which take into account
projects that are already significantly underway, and providing
clarity and aligning with the Large Renewable Procurement process
(LRP) developed by the Independent Electricity System Operator in
In addition, there are changes in the Proposal relating to
approvals under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 and
permits under the Conservation Authorities Act, as well as
changes related to consultations with municipalities, Aboriginal
communities and consultations undertaken in connection with
projects on the Environmental Registry.
With respect to wind turbines, there are also changes related
measuring setback distances for wind
the wind classification table
equipment specification in noise
studies for wind facilities; and
requirements of the "Wind
Turbine Specifications Checklist" to be submitted as part of
the REA application.
The Proposal has been posted for a 60 day public review and
comment period starting September 1, 2016. Any comments on the
Proposal must be received prior to October 31, 2016 to be
considered as part of the decision-making process by the MOECC.
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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.
On January 1, 2017, Albertans not only welcomed in the New Year, they also welcomed increased prices on everyday fuels such as gasoline and natural gas, as the Provincial government's controversial carbon levy officially came into force.
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