Renewable Energy Approval Regulation – Green Energy and Green Economy Act
June 18, 2009
OAIA invites you to attend an evening event to discuss the Ministry of the Environment's proposed
Renewable Energy Approval Regulation under the new Green Energy and Green Economy Act. The proposed regulation contains some significant departures from the existing Environmental
Assessment (EA) process for renewable energy projects and will be of interest to all EA practitioners.
The purpose of this event is to generate discussion and comments on the draft regulation from
proponents, EA practitioners and other interested persons. Both OAIA members and non members are
welcome to attend.
A presentation on the proposed Renewable Energy Approval Regulation and the new requirements will
be provided by Marcia Wallace, Manager of the Renewable Energy Project in the Ministry of the
Environment’s new Environmental Programs Division. Ms. Wallace is responsible for the development of the program that will govern how renewable energy projects are regulated, in support of the Green
Energy and Green Economy Act.
Ms. Wallace’s presentation will be followed by a discussion of views and opinions amongst attendees.
OAIA will compile a summary of key points raised in the discussion for submission to the Province in
accordance with the public review of the proposed regulation.
WHEN: Thursday June 18, 2009 - 6:30 - 8:15 pm.
WHERE: North York Central Library Rooms 2/3
5120 Yonge Street
Located on west side of Yonge Street, north of Sheppard Ave., on the north side of Mel Lastman Square
beside the North York Civic Centre. There is a surface parking lot on Beecroft Rd. and under the library
building accessible from either the Novotel Hotel on Park Holme or from Beecroft Rd.
TTC subway station: North York Centre. Walk to library located in the North York Centre mall.
REGISRATION: Please register for this event by sending an email to email@example.com. By
registering we will be able to send you a link to the proposed regulation.
There is no charge for this event. There are several restaurants/coffee shops in the area in the
event that you would like to bring your own refreshment.
Brief Description of the Proposed Regulation:
The Province of Ontario has placed a priority on expanding Ontario's use of clean and renewable sources of energy such as wind, water, solar, biomass, biogas and biofuels. The Green Energy and
Green Economy Act (approved on May 14, 2009) is a key step in the province's plan to combat climate
change. The Ministry of the Environment, in support of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, has
developed a streamlined provincial approval process for renewable energy projects, based on the concept of a complete submission. The complete submission integrates into a coordinated process all provincial government requirements for the review and decision making on proposed renewable energy facilities. The proposed streamlined approval process will replace existing environmental assessment and land use planning approvals and consolidate all existing Certificate of Approval permissions with an integrated, new approach to renewable energy projects, addressing the environmental, human health and safety concerns. The proposed content for the Renewable Energy Approval Regulation is expected to be posted on the Environmental Registry for public review and comment shortly.
Marcia Wallace is the Manager of the Renewable Energy Project in the Ministry of the Environment’s
new Environmental Programs Division. In this role she is developing the program that will govern how renewable energy projects are regulated, in support the proposed Green Energy and Green Economy Act.
Marcia is new to the Ministry of the Environment, but not new to projects that cut across Ministry mandates. Working with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Marcia was the province’s first Brownfields Coordinator, providing a strategic policy and program coordination role for the Province, developing partnerships with other jurisdictions, and providing a one-window point of contact for individuals and groups with an interest in brownfield remediation and redevelopment.
Marcia has demonstrated leadership and creativity in her 8 years with Ontario government. She brings considerable experience with consultation, legislation, policy making and program development, having worked on a variety of land use, environmental, design and infrastructure initiatives. Marcia has a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, and is a Registered Professional Planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI).