Four Ontario cabinet ministers have been given the job of devising ways to give local residents more say in where renewable energy projects like wind farms can be located. It’s a politically urgent task for the Liberals, who were almost wiped out in rural Ontario in the last election.
Anger over the lack of local control over renewable energy projects, especially wind farms, hurt the Liberals in some areas. The Green Energy Act removes renewable energy projects from municipal planning and zoning control.
Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli, Environment Minister Jim Bradley, Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal are have formed a working group on how to give local residents a voice. Read article