Ontario Removing Barriers To Green Energy

    Proposal Would Encourage More Renewable Projects

    TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ -


    The proposed Green Energy Act would eliminate the barriers that have held
up renewable energy projects in the past, and make it easier to get new wind
turbines, solar panels and biofuel plants online and on to the grid while
protecting the environment, says Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    The Green Energy Act, to be introduced in the Ontario legislature later
this month, would establish Ontario as a leader in North America in building
renewable energy, encouraging energy conservation and creating green jobs.
    The bill would address local bylaws and regulations that are used to
delay or stop proposed renewable energy projects. It would also provide
generators with the tools necessary to navigate the approvals processes.
    The bill would also help the government ensure our province's future by:

    -   Supporting and expanding economic investment, thus building a
        stronger, greener economy with an estimated 50,000+ direct and
        indirect jobs over the next three years
    -   Expanding Ontario's use of clean and renewable sources of energy such
        as wind, solar, hydro, biomass and biogas
    -   Developing a smarter electricity grid better adapted to renewable
        energy projects


    "Ontarians are looking for action on renewable energy. We are securing
jobs and a greener future by moving more quickly on worthwhile projects. We
need those jobs, and we need to clean up the air," said Premier Dalton
    "One of the biggest impediments to attracting green energy investment in
the province has been the layers of approvals. We'll be introducing
legislation soon that would make it easier and quicker for prospective
developers to bring green energy onto the grid," said George Smitherman,
Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.


    -   Ontario has brought almost 1,000 megawatts of new renewable energy
        on-line since 2003.

    -   In 2008, 25 per cent of Ontario's electricity came from renewable
        sources. One of North America's largest solar farms is currently
        under construction near Sarnia.

    -   Ontario is Canada's leader in wind power, going from 10 turbines to
        589 spinning today and 975 by 2012. Canada's two largest wind farms
        are located here, and in 2009, more than 1,200 megawatts will be
        online. That's enough to power almost 325,000 homes.


    Read more about Ontario's energy system (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/) and
green energy.

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