1. Purpose of this Technical Guide

This guide has been developed to provide detailed information on the requirements for submitting a complete application for a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) under O. Reg. 359/09 of the Environmental Protection Act. This introductory chapter will provide an overview of the application process and general requirements of the REA regulation. Chapter 2 provides a detailed explanation of all the consultation requirements under O. Reg. 359/09 as well as how to prepare the Consultation Report. Chapter 3 provides greater detail on wind turbine setback distances and related regulatory requirements that apply to most wind energy facilities. The subsequent chapters (4 to 9) detail the specific information needed to prepare the reports that may be required for a complete submission for an REA. Chapter 10 describes requirements for making changes to a project. The final chapter, Chapter 11, provides advice to applicants on how to be a good neighbour in their local community by going beyond the minimum requirements of O. Reg. 359/09.

Disclaimer Regarding Legal Advice

While this technical guide is written to provide detailed information on the application requirements, it should not be construed as legal advice. All requirements relating to REA applications and renewable energy projects are contained in Part V.0.1 of the Environmental Protection Act and O. Reg. 359/09 which can be found at the Ontario website and searching for “359/09”. Specific references to sections of O. Reg. 359/09 are made throughout this guide and readers are recommended to have access to a copy of the regulation itself to refer to the exact legal language when reading. In addition to this, readers are recommended to obtain appropriate professional advice when contemplating or preparing an application.