Ontario

Overview of Electricity Sector

Ontario’s electricity system has expanded and diversified significantly since the commissioning of the massive hydroelectric station at Niagara Falls in 1925. The province’s considerable hydro resources were sufficient to provide for almost all its electricity needs until the early 1950s when rising demand, fuelled by the postwar economic boom, brought about the construction of large...

Renewable Energy

Ontario has become a leading jurisdiction in renewable energy development in Canada since adopting the Green Energy Act (GEA) in 2009. In less than a decade, wind power has grown to account for 8% of installed capacity (this figure has grown to 10% as of August 2015, as pie chart above demonstrates) and supplies 3.5%...

Community Energy

Over the past decade, community-owned projects have become an important feature of Ontario’s renewable energy landscape. Co-operatives, which have proven an effective ownership model for community-based energy planning, represent a growing sector in Ontario, engaging thousands of citizens and communities across the province. These include for-profit co-ops, which raise funds through share offerings, and not-for-profit co-ops,...

Ontario Community-Owned Renewable Energy Projects Map

Below is a map of Community Energy (CE) projects across Ontario, built using data from Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) Feed-in Tariff (FIT) contract list. Please note that you can remove and add layers to the map by using the control panel on the left side of the map.

Economic Impact of Community Energy in Ontario

When it comes to maximizing the economic benefits and public support for clean energy sources like wind and solar,community participation and ownership matters. Worldwide, community owned renewable energy projects are creating a multitude of benefits in comparison to commercially developed projects, including higher job creation, stronger economic impacts and better social license to develop projects....

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