Resources and Contacts

Renewable Energy Development in Ontario: A Guide for Municipalities

The Renewable Energy Development Guide for Municipalities is intended to help municipalities understand the renewable energy development process.

General

Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program
Launch page for the FIT and microFIT program websites. For technical enquiries related to the FIT program, please contact the IESO at 1-888-387-3403.

Land Use Planning and the Green Energy Act
This page provides information on how the Green Energy Act affects the land use planning process.

Approvals and permits

Technical Guide to Renewable Energy Approvals
A detailed guide that identifies and discusses regulatory requirements for renewable energy projects, as well as technology-specific Renewable Energy Approval (REA) requirements. For technical enquiries related to REA, please contact the Ministry of the Environment: 1-800-461-6290.

Ministry of the Environment Renewable Energy Approvals Website
The Ministry of the Environment’s Renewable Energy Approvals website contains information on regulatory requirements.

Ministry of Natural Resources Renewable Energy
The Ministry of Natural Resources’ Renewable Energy website contains information on regulatory requirements. For technical enquiries related to Ministry of Natural Resources approvals and permitting requirements, please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources Information Centre: 1-800-667-1940.

Ministry of Tourism and Culture Renewable Energy
The Ministry of Culture’s Renewable Energy website contains information on regulatory requirements.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Environmental Management
The Ministry of the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ Environmental Management website contains information on regulatory requirements.

Ministry of Transportation
The Ministry Transportation’s Encroachment Permit website contains information on regulatory requirements.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency website contains information on Federal Environmental Assessments.

Connecting to the grid

Ontario Energy Board (Getting a Generator Licence)
Anyone interested in generating power in Ontario will be required to get a generator licence. The cost of this licence will vary depending upon the size of the project.

Independent Electricity System Operator
The IESO manages the reliability of Ontario’s power system and forecasts the demand and supply of electricity. A tool on the IESO website will allow you to find your Local Distribution Company by entering the first three characters of your postal code.

Hydro One
Hydro One connects generating facilities to the transmission and distribution network.

Associations

Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)

Biogas Association

Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)

Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)

Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA)

Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA)