On May 14th, the Government of Ontario passed the Green Energy &
Green Economy Act of 2009.
The act "...supports the development of renewable energy sources an
energy conservation measures to allow for coal energy generation to
end in 2014.
The new Act also superedes existing environmental assessment and
municipal planning processes. In other words, the new Green Energy
Act supercedes all municipal plans. Under the regulation, public
notice is to be given to nearby residents through various local
media and at least two community public meetings are required - one
during the planning of the project and the oither after all studies
Another key component is that Aboriginal consultation is required.
Accordingly, according to the Act, "... the Crown will be integral
to the process of consultation with Aboriginal Communities." In
other words, all Aboriginal communities that may have an interest in
a proposed energy project or whose treaty rights may be potentially
impacted are to be consulted.
12/07/2009 08:58 PM
According to a report prepared for public meetings, no renewable energy
facilities will be allowed within significant wetlands in southern and
central Ontario or on significant coastal wetlands.
Two of the most recent applications for 'wind farms' has been by NextEra
Energy Canada proposing two projects - the Tara Wind Farm Project that
covers lands east of Tara in both Bruce and Grey Counties and the
Paisley Wind Farm Project on land immediately north of Paisley in Bruce
County. Each of the projects proposes six turbines with electrical
generation of approximately nine Mega Watts that will tie into the Hydro
NextEra Energy currently has 8,000 wind turbines across North America.
Given the new Green Energy Act, it would appear that municipal planning
and/or environmental assessments will have little or no bearing on the
installation of wind farms and that public meetings, as required by law,
are a mere formality.