As part of the Ministry’s ongoing work to implement a new environmental approvals program, additional activities and sectors are being evaluated for their potential inclusion on the EASR. This work involves comprehensive technical analysis and two periods of public consultation to ensure registry activities are developed in a transparent and science-based manner and that the resulting registry rules are protective of the environment.
To encourage localized generation from smaller, cleaner sources of electricity and community-based renewable energy facilities, the Ministry is proposing to allow specific small scale renewable energy projects to register on the EASR. The proposed EASR eligibility criteria for small scale renewable energy facilities are designed to eliminate potential impacts to the environment through facility design and siting restrictions.
Process for Developing Registry Regulations
When developing a regulation to include a new activity/sector on the EASR, the Ministry undertakes a comprehensive technical analysis and consultation process. This process contains the following steps:
- Detailed scoping and technical assessment of activity/sector
- Engineering analysis
- Risk evaluation and modelling
- Jurisdictional review
- Evaluation of local concerns/complaints and past administrative non-compliance with requirement to obtain an approval
- Development of draft registry requirements
- Public consultation on a technical report describing draft requirements (the reports included in this posting)
- Development of a draft regulation
- Public consultation on a draft regulation
- Finalizing of regulation and implementation
It is important to note that, while Steps 3 and 5 specifically provide for broad public input through comment on postings on the Environmental and Regulatory Registries, the Ministry is also engaging at various levels with relevant interested groups (industry, associations, Aboriginal organizations/communities and technical specialists).
The attached technical reports summarize the proposed rationale for moving specific activities and sectors from the Renewable Energy Approvals (REA) process to the registration process.
- Technical Report on Proposed Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) Requirements: Small Ground-Mounted Solar
- Technical Report on Proposed Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) Requirements: On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion
- Technical Report on Proposed Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) Requirements: Landfill Gas Electricity Generation