Ontario offshore wind moratorium

The Ontario government has announced that it is not proceeding with proposed offshore wind projects while further scientific research is conducted to determine their impact on the environment.

In a statement, the government said that no Renewable Energy Approvals for offshore have been issued and that no offshore projects will proceed at this time. Also, applications for offshore wind projects in the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program will no longer be accepted and current applications will be suspended. Introduced in 2009, the FIT program offers subsidized long-term contracts to renewable energy developers who use a certain amount of domestic content in their projects.

The statement also said that offshore wind development in freshwater lakes is still early in development and there are no projects operating in North America, but that Ontario will work with the U.S. on research to ensure any future proposed projects protect the environment on both sides of the Great Lakes.

The Ontario government said the province does remain committed to renewable energy and that renewable energy is a key part of the Open Ontario Plan to create clean energy jobs while improving air quality by closing coal-fired generation.

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