To ensure that Ontario builds energy infrastructure in a process that respects communities, the government has asked two key agencies to develop a new regional energy planning process based on formal input from municipalities, communities and the energy sector.
Regional energy plans will rely on public consultations and municipal input to ensure that Ontario gets siting decisions right the first time - while recognizing that a strong electricity grid requires ongoing investments in clean, modern and reliable energy infrastructure.
The Independent Electricity System Operator and the Ontario Power Authority are expected to report back to the Minister of Energy with a joint implementation plan by August 1st, 2013.
The plan will take into account recommendations on energy project siting made by the Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on Justice Policy.
Through strong public consultation, regional energy plans will lead to better decision making - so that future electricity generation contracts place energy infrastructure in the right location from the beginning.
Engaging communities in the regional energy planning process is part of the new Ontario government's plan to build strong communities, powered by clean, reliable energy.