Climate Change / Renewables

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting to be Expanded to Support Ontario’s Cap and Trade System

In April 2015, Premier Wynne announced that Ontario would implement a cap and trade system in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the province. High-level details of how a cap and trade system works were provided at the same time. This announcement, made in advance of the Premiers’ Climate Summit, was widely […]


MOECC Proposing Changes to Renewable Energy Approval Regulation and Noise Generation Guidelines for Wind Farms

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) recently proposed changes to Ontario’s Renewable Energy Approval regulation (O. Reg. 359/09) and corresponding Noise Guidelines for Wind Farms to address advancements in wind turbine technology and to incorporate the most recent 2013 CSA standard[1] for wind turbine acoustic noise measurement. RENEWABLE ENERGY APPROVAL REGULATION Changes […]


Municipalities May Not Exercise Their Powers to Frustrate Projects Granted Renewable Energy Approvals

In a recent decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the court found that the City of Kawartha Lakes had acted outside its jurisdiction and in bad faith when it passed a resolution denying use of a roadway by a wind turbine developer. Wpd Sumac Ridge Wind Inc. (wpd) obtained a Renewable Energy Approval […]


Ontario Announces Agreement to Evaluate Clean Electricity Trade Opportunities with Newfoundland and Labrador

The Government of Ontario recently announced that it plans to evaluate opportunities to trade clean electricity with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Ontario Continues Its Support for Alternative Energy in the Province

This week, the Government of Ontario joined five other provincial and territorial governments to establish a task force to reduce the reliance on diesel fuel to generate electricity in Canada’s remote communities. The creation of the task force reflects concern in Canada’s remote communities about their energy sustainability.


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