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The exemption from the Planning Act applies to certain projects and activities that are defined in subsection 1(1) of the Act. These, which were added by Schedule K of GEA are:

  • “renewable energy generation facility”, which has the same meaning as in the Electricity Act, 1998
  • “renewable energy project”, which has the same meaning as in the Green Energy Act, 2009
  • “renewable energy testing facility”, which has the same meaning as in the Green Energy Act, 2009
  • “renewable energy testing project”, which has the same meaning as in the Green Energy Act, 2009

Together, these definitions exempt projects and facilities which generate electricity from renewable sources such as wind, water, biomass and solar.

As amended by the GEA, subsection 1(1) of the Planning Act also includes the defined term “renewable energy undertaking” which includes the four defined terms shown above in order to provide a single, simplified term for the purposes of exempting renewable energy undertakings from the Act.

Further details of the new approvals framework for renewable energy projects, led by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Natural Resources, can be found by clicking on the appropriate links.