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Sector registration mandatory for solar, printing and waste haulers from November 18

Congratulations to the Approvals Reform team: The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has brought three new sectors into its Environmental Activity and Sector Registry Regulations under the Environmental Protection Act: Small Ground-Mounted Solar; Lithographic, Screen and Digital Printing; and Non-Hazardous Waste Transportation Systems. Qualifying activities in these sectors can therefore now take place through registration,…

Community solar bonds available

SolarShare is launching a new campaign in response to the recently changed Feed-in Tariff requirements. There is a short window of opportunity to lead Ontario to a clean energy future by securing new FIT contracts and building new community-based projects. Civic minded folks interested in interest income can help: 

Easier approvals for renewable energy

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is proposing regulatory amendments to O.Reg. 359/09 under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and to Reg. 334 under the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) to streamline the regulatory process for renewable energy projects as part of the response to the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) review, and provide additional clarity. To encourage localized…

Solar Community Bonds

Another Green Energy Act and Feed In Tariff: success: Solar community bonds are now available, so that community members can invest in, and profit from, local renewable power generation. Congratulations to the Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative! Meanwhile, Environmental Defence has put out a video about the noise controversy about wind turbines. They call it “Wind…

MicroFIT flip flops

The Ontario Power Authority keeps looking for ways to reduce the popularity, and therefore the cost, of its high-priced MicroFIT solar electricity program. The program was designed to guarantee renewable energy producers a profit. Since small scale solar PV is the most expensive electricity to produce, generators were guaranteed the highest price, 80.2 cents/ kilowatt hour.…

Renewable energy FIT contracts rolling out

The Ontario Power Authority has just announced the first group of contracts to buy renewable energy electricity at premium Feed in Tariff (FIT) prices, under the Green Energy Act. These contracts have been awarded for projects that do not require upgrades to the electrical transmission and distribution grid, and therefore can be built quickly without…

Renewable energy guidance

Need a renewable energy approval under the Environmental Protection Act for a wind, solar or biomass project? Six new draft technical guidance documents have been released for three months’ public comment,  to May 30, 2010. See EBR Registry Number 010-9235. Applicants should follow the guidance, even before it is formally adopted, and opponents will study…

Renewable Energy Approvals

As the Ontario Power Authority grinds through 1022  applications for feed in tariff contracts (plus about  3200 microFits),  the Ministry of the Environment is gearing up to process applications for renewable energy approvals. About 91 renewable energy projects have been approved since 2003, including 45 wind, six solar, 23 bioenergy, and 17 water projects. (Approvals…

Aboriginal consultation and renewable energy approvals

In order to implement the Green Energy Act, Ontario has recently adopted O. Reg. 359/09, to set up a new regime for accelerated approvals of renewable energy projects  (wind, solar, anaerobic digestion and biomass combustion). One key element of the new  regime is a six month “service guarantee”. This means that the Approvals Branch has…

Consultation underway for first Green Energy Act regulations

The Ministry of Energy has already begun consultations on its first regulation under the Green Energy Act, to exempt small renewable energy projects from local and municipal land-use controls.