renewable energy project

Wind energy appeal moving fast

The first wind energy appeal to the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal is moving quickly. The Kent Breeze approval was issued November 12, 2010. The Erickson appeal was filed on November 29.  A preliminary hearing was held January 11.  The hearing of the appeal began February 1 and will conclude March 25. Several of the appellants’…

Renewable energy approval regulation amended

Ontario’s renewable energy approval regulation has been significantly amended, effective January 1, 2011. The ministry received 285 comments on the proposed amendments, and made at least 10 changes as a result. According to the ministry, the key changes that occurred due to public consultation include:

REA status updates

As of November 9th, the MOE had received 17 applications for renewable energy approvals. Six of these have been deemed “complete” and have been posted to the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry for comments: five wind, 1 biogas. The remainder were sent back for further information, or are still under review. The MOE has set…

Rules for bird studies for wind turbines

The Ministry of Natural Resources has released proposed Guidelines for wind turbine applications on both Crown and private lands. The Guidelines set out data and study requirements for applications under the Renewable Energy Approval regulation on identifying and addressing potential negative effects on birds and bird habitats during the planning, construction and operation of wind power…