Council adopts bylaw to allow property owners to generate and sell electricity

Council unanimously approved a new bylaw that allows for the production of energy from renewable energy sources and cogeneration sources city-wide, and for the distribution of the energy off-site, such as the electrical system or to a district energy system. The new bylaw brings clarity to the current situation where the 43 zoning bylaws are silent on the issue, mainly because they were written at a time where options, including solar panels or windmills, were not available. The integration of ‘green energy’ into the electrical system or district energy systems will help reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution in the city. Use of such power sources will help the City reach its climate change goals.