Niagara Region is committed to developing and executing on strategies to reduce environmental impact and ensure regulatory compliance. To help agencies better understand and manage their energy consumption, the Province of Ontario introduced Ontario Regulation 397/11 (under the Green Energy Act 2009).
Starting in 2013, the regulation required public agencies to report on their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions every year. Public agencies include:
As of 2014, public agencies must also develop Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans. These plans are updated every five years.
The Green Energy Act was repealed as of January 1, 2019, and the requirements moved to Ontario Regulation 507/18 (under the Electricity Act).
The 2017 Greenhouse Gas Emission Report and the 2019-2023 Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan is due by July 1, 2019.