Municipalities won’t have veto powers over the locations of new industrial wind farms, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said Wednesday. “The bottom line is it will be very difficult for an energy proponent to be successful in the type of (request for proposals) that’s being created, without a significant municipal engagement,” Chiarelli said.
However, city council can’t unilaterally block a wind farm from coming into the area. “We said that very, very clearly. There is no veto because there are circumstances in the energy planning of Ontario where a veto might be totally inadvisable, but the general thrust is that there must be an engagement with the local municipality,” Chiarelli said.
Companies bidding on wind energy projects will score big points in the tendering process if they have the support of municipalities. Chiarelli, the MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, said the Ontario Power Authority is consulting on the “significant engagement that municipalities will have in renewable energy siting projects.” Read article