Green Energy Act (Ontario, Canada)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Ontario

Applies to States or Provinces Ontario
Name Green Energy Act (Ontario, Canada)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Grant Program
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Concentrating Solar Power, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Start Date 2009

Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


The Green Energy Act was created to expand Ontario's production of renewable energy, encourage energy conservation and promote the creation of clean-energy green jobs.

The act aims to expand Ontario's renewable energy production and create clean-energy jobs by:

- creating a feed-in-tariff program that guarantees rates for energy generated from renewable sources - such as solar photovoltaic, biogas, biomass, landfill gas, on-shore and off-shore wind and water power; minimum levels of Ontario labor and materials are required to qualify for the program

- establishing the right to connect to the electricity grid for all renewable energy projects - including small-scale energy generators, such as homes and schools - that meet technical, economic and regulatory requirements

- establishing a "one-stop" streamlined approvals process for small-scale renewable energy projects that meet regulatory requirements

- implementing a "smart" power grid to support the development of new renewable energy projects, and to prepare Ontario for new technologies such as electric cars.

The act also allows for the provision of financial assistance for small-scale renewable energy projects.

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Green Energy Act, 2009 S.O. 2009, CHAPTER 12 Schedule A
Date Effective 2011
Date Enacted 2009