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The Green Energy Act

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Sources of renewable energy -- wind turbines, a solar panel, a biogas system and a hydroelectric dam.

Through the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 (the “Green Energy Act”), the Government of Ontario is making it easier to bring renewable energy projects to life.

The Green Energy Act (GEA) changes the way that renewable energy projects are approved in Ontario. The GEA provides a Province-led, coordinated approvals framework for renewable energy projects, with clear provincial rules and transparent decision-making. The new approvals framework established through the GEA and related regulations exempts most renewable energy developments from the Environmental Assessment Act process and, with some exceptions, the Planning Act process.

The GEA changes the way Ontario deals with renewable energy, while protecting the natural environment, important resources and public health and safety.

The ministry has worked with the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Natural Resources to move forward in facilitating green energy. The GEA positions Ontario as a leader in green energy and contributes to building a strong, green economy.