The Green Energy Act (GEA) will expedite the growth of clean, renewable sources of energy, like wind, solar, hydro, biomass and biogas, helping Ontario become North America’s leader in renewable energy.
Specifically this would be achieved by:
- Creating a Feed-in Tariff that guarantees specific rates for energy generated from renewable sources.
- Establishing the right to connect to the electricity grid for renewable energy projects that meet technical, economic and other regulatory requirements.
- Establishing a one stop streamlined approvals process, providing service guarantees for renewable energy projects that meet regulatory requirements.
- Implementing a 21st century “smart” power grid to support the development of new renewable energy projects, and prepare Ontario for new technologies like electric cars.
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The Green Energy Act will :
- Spark growth in clean and renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass and biogas in Ontario.
- Create the potential for savings and better managed household energy expenditures through a series of conservation measures.
- Create 50,000 jobs for Ontarians in its first three years.
“Our ambition is to increase the standard of living and quality of life for all Ontario’s families. That is best achieved by creating the conditions for green economic growth.”
- George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.
Did you know that...
- Ontario has already brought about 1,000 megawatts of new renewable energy on-line since October 2003. More than 1,200 megawatts will be on-line in 2009, enough to power almost 325,000 homes.
- Investments in renewable energy already in place or under construction in Ontario total about $4 billion.
- The GEA builds on the Ontario government’s earlier initiatives, including plans to eliminate coal from the power supply. Coal-fired generation is the single largest source of air pollution in Ontario and eliminating it from the supply mix will be the largest climate change initiative in Canada.
"The introduction of this legislation means Ontario will be a world leader in green development and it couldn't come at a more opportune time as it directly addresses both our environmental and economic needs."
- Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director