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Environmental Regulations

The development and construction of Ernestown Wind Park is subject to regulations administered by the Ministry of the Environment to minimize or mitigate impacts on the environment.

Renewable energy projects in Ontario are subject to Ontario Regulation 359/09, under the Environmental Protection Act, also known as the Renewable Energy Approval process.

Wind Power: A Clean and Renewable Energy Resource

Wind is a renewable resource with no impact on the environment. In addition to improving air quality, several environmental benefits result from wind power:

  • Wind energy preserves water resources
  • Wind energy is compatible with other land uses and can serve as a boost for rural economic development.
  • Wind energy does not produce any harmful waterborne emissions, or toxic solid wastes.
  • Wind energy is completely renewable, highly reliable and very efficient.
  • Wind energy is one of the most economical sources of new large-scale electricity generation.
  • Wind energy is becoming even more economic to produce as economies of scale are reached and as electricity prices increase.
  • Wind energy is good for employment and job creation: it is estimated that the Canadian wind industry employed 3,785 people in 2006.
  • Wind energy supports economic growth: in 2006 the wind industry contributed $1.6 billion to Canada Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  • Wind energy generates tourism for local communities.
  • Wind energy creates alternative revenues for farmers who lease their land.
  • Wind energy offsets the emissions of other energy sources, thus reducing our contribution to global climate change.
  • Using wind to produce enough power for over 200 homes (2,000,000 kWh) of electricity instead of burning coal will leave 900,000 kilograms of coal in the ground and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2,000 tonnes. This has the same positive impact as taking 417 cars off the road or planting 10,000 trees.


Sources: CanWEA The development and construction of Ernestown Wind Park is subject to regulations administered by the Ministry of the Environment to minimize or mitigate impacts on the environment.

Renewable energy projects in Ontario are subject to Ontario Regulation 359/09, under the Environmental Protection Act, also known as the Renewable Energy Approval process