On August 30th, Ontario Environment and Climate Change Minister Chris Ballard announced the $377 million Green Ontario Fund, also to be known as GreenON. The Green Ontario Fund is a not-for-profit provincial agency that invests proceeds from Ontario’s cap and trade program into climate actions that assist residents and businesses to reduce GHG emissions and use cleaner technology to power their homes and workplaces. Programs for municipalities and innovative technologies have already been announced. More GreenON programs for residents, businesses and industry will be announced in the coming months. Over the next three years, the Green Ontario Fund will deliver programs and services outline in Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan. Visit GreenON.ca to learn more.
Gaz Métro has been actively involved in facilitating the development of RNG projects in municipalities since the very beginning of the RNG energy sector in Quebec. In July, Gaz Métro submitted a package of measures to the Régie de l’énergie that would make it possible to further increase the competitiveness of RNG production and the development of RNG projects in Québec. Recommended measures for purchasing parameters for RNG include the introduction of a feed-in tariff ranging from $7/GJ to $22/GJ depending on the production capacity of the project, and contract terms ranging from 5 to 20 years to facilitate the financial planning of RNG projects. While this demonstrates Gaz Métro’s commitment, this is an ongoing regulatory process. Although the Régie de l’énergie has issued a favorable opinion to the Government of Québec regarding certain aspects of the development of the RNG industry, the position of the Régie de l’énergie is expected to become clear over the course of the next year. This is a major step forward that will further support municipalities in their commitment to implementing RNG projects
On August 14th, Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, announced that Ontario is investing in local projects that will help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by launching a new program for municipalities across the province. This initiative is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funding by proceeds from the province’s carbon market. Ontario’s new Municipal GHG Challenge Fund will support projects such as renewable energy and energy efficiency retrofits to municipal facilities like arenas, and making energy-efficiency upgrades to drinking water or wastewater treatment plants, to achieve long-term and cost-effective pollution reductions.