Sidebar 3: Removing the barriers to progress on green energy

The headline on the Premier’s website says: “Ontario Removing Barriers to Green Energy.” Ironically, some of those “barriers” appear to be existing provincial statutes.

“The proposed Green Energy Act would eliminate the barriers that have held up renewable energy projects in the past and make it easier to get new wind turbines, solar panels and biofuel plants online onto the grid while protecting the environment,” says a statement from Premier Dalton McGuinty posted on his website.

The Premier’s statement goes on to say that the bill would address local bylaws and regulations that are used to delay or stop proposed renewable energy.

Better Farming - April 2009