VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Canada’s Ontario province announced May 30 it is increasing municipal control over new renewable energy projects.

Provincial Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli said in a news release that Ontario would work with the Ontario Power Authority and municipalities to develop a competitive procurement process for renewable projects greater than 500 kilowatts (kW).

“We need to make changes to increase local control over the siting of renewable energy projects,” Chiarelli said. “These changes will give communities and municipalities a stronger voice, more options and new tools when it comes to renewable energy.”

The new process replaces the existing large...