Ontario’s Green Energy Act (GEA) was created to expand renewable energy generation, encourage energy conservation and promote the creation of clean energy jobs.
Building a clean energy economy
The energy sector is one of the engines that drives our provincial economy.
The GEA is sparking growth in renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydroelectricity and bioenergy. For example, its Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program provides stable prices for generators of energy from renewable sources.
Ontario is continuing to bring clean sources of energy into the supply mix and investing to modernize the transmission and distribution of electricity. Learn more in Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan.
Promoting energy conservation
Conserving energy not only saves money for families and businesses, it also lowers demand on the electricity system and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Through conservation, Ontario homeowners, businesses and industry have saved more than 1,900 megawatts of peak demand electricity since 2005 – the equivalent of more than 600,000 homes being taken off the grid.
The GEA continues to promote conservation by:
- making energy efficiency a key element of Ontario’s building code
- creating new energy efficiency standards for household appliances
- working with local utilities to reach assigned conservation targets
- protecting low-income Ontarians through targeted conservation programs