Project Development, Wind Power

Ontario Landowners Guide to Wind Energy

Landowners in Ontario now have a free and comprehensive guide on wind power in Ontario, says James Murphy, co-author of the Ontario Landowners Guide to Wind Energy. The guide, authored by Murphy and noted international wind energy authority Paul Gipe, provides landowners with detailed information on land option and land lease agreements.

Although the province of Ontario only has approximately 15 MW of installed wind energy capacity, the industry is on the cusp of a development boom says Murphy. The provincial government is exploring the implementation of Standard Offer Contracts (see below) and has recently signed contracts for approximately 355 MW of new wind power developments in addition to releasing two more Requests for Proposals for up to 1,200 MW more renewable power. Endorsed for use by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), the Ontario Landowners Guide to Wind Energy is the first publication of its kind in Ontario and is the definitive source of information on wind energy for landowners. Landowners in Ontario, particularly in windy regions along the Great Lakes, are being presented with option and lease agreements for their land from wind developers, says Murphy. The Ontario Landowners Guide to Wind Energy provides farmers, individuals, businesses, community groups and others with the information they need to make informed decisions on wind energy. The Ontario Landowners Guide to Wind Energy is made available free of charge for download off the website of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association at the link below. Copies of the guide will also be made available by OSEA and its member organizations, the OFA and CanWEA. The development of the guide was supported in part by the Agricultural Adaptation Councils CanAdapt Program.