June 9, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - A new guide outlining the regulatory process and approvals required for renewable energy projects in New Brunswick was released today by Energy Minister Jack Keir.
"Our government is committed to developing renewable energy in the province, and that is why I am pleased to release the New Brunswick Developer's Guide to Renewable Energy here today," said Keir. "We are also committed to being open and accessible to the public and potential investors. This document will act as an important resource tool for developers seeking to invest in New Brunswick, and in our communities."
The guide will help developers of renewable energy navigate the New Brunswick regulatory process efficiently and effectively. It provides guidelines and information on the various regulatory processes, and detailed information on the electricity sector. It will be reviewed and updated annually to reflect amendments made to regulations throughout the province.
The guide is a step toward developing renewable energy in the province, which has positioned itself as one of a few jurisdictions in Canada to create and distribute this type of document on renewable energy for developers. It was created by Jacques Whitford Ltd., in conjunction with the departments of Local Government, Environment, Public Safety, Natural Resources, Energy and Transportation.
The document complements previous work issued by the Department of Energy, including a model wind turbine provisions and best practices document, and a landowners' brochure. The province released the report on model wind turbine provisions and best practices in April 2009. It serves as a resource for local governments interested in wind energy. It also provides guidance for the zoning and issuing of permits for wind farms.
MEDIA CONTACT: Bonnie Doyle, communications, Department of Energy, 506-658-2410.