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Ontario Jennifer Keyes/Kevin Edwards OMNR GLWC Offshore Wind Workgroup Advancing Regional Collaboration Webinar September 24, 2009.

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1 Ontario Jennifer Keyes/Kevin Edwards OMNR GLWC Offshore Wind Workgroup Advancing Regional Collaboration Webinar September 24, 2009

2 Ontario’s Interest in Offshore Wind Development Ontario supports offshore wind development and it is a technology supported under Ontario’s recently passed Green Energy Act Ontario supports offshore wind development and it is a technology supported under Ontario’s recently passed Green Energy Act OMNR’s Windpower Site Release Policy makes the beds of the Great Lakes available for Wind development OMNR’s Windpower Site Release Policy makes the beds of the Great Lakes available for Wind development The province’s proposed FIT Program will incent offshore wind at $.19/Kwh The province’s proposed FIT Program will incent offshore wind at $.19/Kwh The Ontario Wind Resources Atlas includes data layers related to offshore - The Ontario Wind Resources Atlas includes data layers related to offshore - The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) completed a study – Analysis of Future Offshore Wind Development in Ontario which identified 60+ offshore sites - The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) completed a study – Analysis of Future Offshore Wind Development in Ontario which identified 60+ offshore sites -

3 Identified Ontario Offshore Resources Identified Ontario Offshore Resources

4 Current or Proposed Offshore Projects The beds of all lakes and rivers in Ontario are Crown (Public) land – 87% of land mass and MNR currently has 70+ applications for offshore wind development sites The beds of all lakes and rivers in Ontario are Crown (Public) land – 87% of land mass and MNR currently has 70+ applications for offshore wind development sites Trillium Power Corp. has proposed a 700 MW wind farm for the Duck Island area of Lake Ontario Trillium Power Corp. has proposed a 700 MW wind farm for the Duck Island area of Lake Ontario Toronto Hydro has proposed a 50+ MW wind farm for just offshore of the City and has recently completed their EA to proceed with a testing platform Toronto Hydro has proposed a 50+ MW wind farm for just offshore of the City and has recently completed their EA to proceed with a testing platform Southpoint Wind has initiated their EA for a proposed 30 MW in Lake Erie near Leamington Southpoint Wind has initiated their EA for a proposed 30 MW in Lake Erie near Leamington

5 Inter-Jurisdictional Collaboration OMNR is a founding member of the GLWC OMNR is a founding member of the GLWC Under the auspices of the GLWC OMNR is working with Great lakes Border states and the province of Quebec to share best practice, guidance and policy Under the auspices of the GLWC OMNR is working with Great lakes Border states and the province of Quebec to share best practice, guidance and policy OMNR is also working collaboratively with other Canadian provinces and the Canadian federal government OMNR is also working collaboratively with other Canadian provinces and the Canadian federal government

6 Regulations/Policies/Laws Affecting Offshore Wind Development and Agency Responsible with Oversight Under OMNR’s Site Release Policy proponents can apply for offshore sites for proposed wind farms Under OMNR’s Site Release Policy proponents can apply for offshore sites for proposed wind farms Leases are granted for sites under the Ontario Public Lands Act and through associated regulations Leases are granted for sites under the Ontario Public Lands Act and through associated regulations Ontario is proposing a streamlined approach to permitting and approvals based on clear, up-front, and integrated requirements for Provincial Ministry approvals and permits, including: Ontario is proposing a streamlined approach to permitting and approvals based on clear, up-front, and integrated requirements for Provincial Ministry approvals and permits, including: –A Renewable Energy Approval regulation established by the Ministry of Environment (see and –Approval and Permitting Requirements established by the OMNR (see The proposed process is intended to streamline approvals while continuing to ensure the protection of public health and safety and the natural environment The proposed process is intended to streamline approvals while continuing to ensure the protection of public health and safety and the natural environment

7 Transmission of Offshore Wind Energy Under Ontario’s proposed Feed-in Tariff Program proposed generation projects will be identified & prioritized Under Ontario’s proposed Feed-in Tariff Program proposed generation projects will be identified & prioritized Once critical generating mass is identified in an area then the Ontario Power Authority will plan for the necessary transmission enhancement or development and seek necessary approvals Once critical generating mass is identified in an area then the Ontario Power Authority will plan for the necessary transmission enhancement or development and seek necessary approvals

8 Public Outreach The proposed new approval process enabled under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act is currently being developed – part of this was a public comment period on requirements where the province received comments The proposed new approval process enabled under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act is currently being developed – part of this was a public comment period on requirements where the province received comments Part of the proposed requirements of the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) regulation would require an applicant to hold at least two public meetings and address concerns raised in these meetings Part of the proposed requirements of the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) regulation would require an applicant to hold at least two public meetings and address concerns raised in these meetings The decision on issuing an REA could also be appealed to the province’s Environmental Review Tribunal The decision on issuing an REA could also be appealed to the province’s Environmental Review Tribunal As part of the new approval process Ontario will also continue to meet its constitutional responsibility to notify and enter into consultation with Aboriginal communities As part of the new approval process Ontario will also continue to meet its constitutional responsibility to notify and enter into consultation with Aboriginal communities

9 Public Trust Outreach and Education Outreach and Education Investment in science and research - including the proposal to establish an independent Research Chair, and setbacks and standards related to noise and the natural environment Investment in science and research - including the proposal to establish an independent Research Chair, and setbacks and standards related to noise and the natural environment Adaptive management - including proposed provisions under the new approval process that enable the government to establish mitigation and monitoring requirements Adaptive management - including proposed provisions under the new approval process that enable the government to establish mitigation and monitoring requirements

10 Obstacles to Offshore Wind Development Public concern has been expressed with regard to proposed offshore projects with regard to environmental and view scape issues Public concern has been expressed with regard to proposed offshore projects with regard to environmental and view scape issues Offshore projects face technical challenges as well (e.g. transmission, construction infrastructure) Offshore projects face technical challenges as well (e.g. transmission, construction infrastructure)

11 Regional Collaboration Fisheries Guidance Fisheries Guidance Bird and Bat Guidance Bird and Bat Guidance Policy Development Policy Development Project Siting Project Siting Public Engagement Public Engagement Ice Research Ice Research

12 Other Issues or Observations? It is unclear what impact planned financial and other policy incentives will have on demand for offshore wind sites It is unclear what impact planned financial and other policy incentives will have on demand for offshore wind sites Opportunity for policy alignment within the GLB to support a bio-region based approach Opportunity for policy alignment within the GLB to support a bio-region based approach Opportunity to share costs of gaining required ecological data Opportunity to share costs of gaining required ecological data


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