Ontario Large Renewables Procurement Update

South Kent Wind Samsung Pattern Chatham Kent Burk Line (3)Monadaq, by Matthew Cameron and Karl Bjurstrom (Student-at-Law ), Stikeman Elliott LLP
At the first day of Ontario’s 5th Feed-in-Tariff and Renewable Energy Forum on March 17th, 2014, Shawn Cronkwright, the Ontario Power Authority’s director of renewables procurement, presented capacity targets for large renewables by technology for the years 2014 and 2015:

Wind Solar Bioenergy Hydro
2014 300 MW 140 MW 50 MW 50 MW
2015 300 MW 140 MW 50 MW 45 MW

In reviewing key feedback from municipal meetings, to avoid multiple developers simultaneously engaging in projects which may never proceed, it was suggested that community engagement be moved to the Request-for-Proposal (RFP) stage as opposed to the Request-for-Quote (RFQ) stage. As an alternative, feedback suggested that a municipal support resolution similar to the FIT program be applied and that developers be required to prepare community engagement plans. With respect to the RFP, feedback from municipal meetings suggested that decommissioning bonds be required to ensure municipalities not be left with costs at the end of a contract.

Public meetings suggested that communities should have a veto with respect to siting of proposed projects. Read article

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