The Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009, was passed in the Legislature on May 14, 2009. The Act places a priority on expanding Ontario’s use of clean and renewable sources of energy including wind, water, solar, biomass and biogas power. Developing these renewable resources is a cornerstone of this province’s future prosperity.
The Ministries of Natural Resources and the Environment issue approvals for renewable energy projects and are proposing an improved approval process to ensure continued protection of human health and the environment. The ministries aim to administer their processes in a coordinated fashion with a view to integrating all provincial ministry requirements for the review and approval of renewable energy projects. A coordinated process will eliminate duplication, provide certainty and meet the requirements set out under legislation administered by various ministries.
This proposed requirements document outlines the Ministry of Natural Resources’ requirements for review and approval of renewable energy projects as per section 13.2 of the Ministry of Natural Resources Act. The proposed requirements document covers all aspects of renewable energy development relevant to the ministry’s core business. Its aim is to provide as much up-front clarity as possible on requirements, while ensuring environmental protection and public health and safety.
The Ministry of Environment (MOE) has also posted information for public review regarding renewable energy project requirements under the Environmental Protection Act. It can be accessed by entering Registry Number 010-6516.