The OPA recommendations on siting “large” energy projects
Coincidentally released on the same day the Ontario government had scandal cream pie all over its face for the $1.1B gas plant cancellation boondoggle, the Ontario Power Authority has made 18 recommendations on the siting of “large” energy (they mean “power” but “energy” sounds so much less industrial) projects.
The news release is below.
Ontario Improving Decision-Making on Large Energy Projects
Government Implementing Changes to Regional Planning and Siting
The Ontario government is improving the siting of large energy infrastructure projects by implementing 18 recommendations made by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
The new rules will ensure large energy infrastructure is located in the right place from the start, improve municipal engagement and public consultation, and ensure greater predictability for the energy sector.
Earlier this year, the government asked the OPA and the IESO to propose new siting rules for large energy projects. Work was completed over the summer and both agencies recently submitted an action plan to the Minister of Energy.
Engaging with municipalities helps build strong, vibrant communities. This is part of the government’s plan to strengthen the economy and support a dynamic and innovative business climate that attracts investment and helps create jobs.
- The OPA and IESO engaged key stakeholders and associations that represented a broad range of interests while writing the plan, including First Nation and Métis groups, municipalities, local distribution companies, community leaders and the public. From within these groups, the OPA and IESO invited Ontario chiefs, Métis leaders, mayors, planners, developers, consumer groups, chambers of commerce and boards of trade, business improvement associations, residential and ratepayer associations, and community groups to provide feedback.