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Overview of the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan

Posted in Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Power, Regulation
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On October 26, 2017, the Ministry of Energy released Ontario’s revised 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan (“LTEP”), Delivering Fairness and Choice. The previous LTEP was published in 2013 (“2013 LTEP”).

This blog provides a summary of the resources addressed in the LTEP. An accompanying piece found here provides an analysis of the Directives issued by the government to the IESO and the OEB respecting implementation plans by those agencies.

Renewable Energy

The LTEP highlights that between 2026 and 2035, contracts for over 4,800 MW of wind energy, 2,100 MW of solar energy, and 1,200 MW of … Continue Reading

The LTEP: A Fundamentally New Planning Approach

Posted in Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Power, Regulation
Ontario

Although largely unnoticed at the time, the passage of Bill 135 fundamentally changed energy regulation in Ontario. It created a new planning process centered on the creation and implementation of government-drafted Long Term Energy Plans, or LTEPS.  This new process starts with the LTEP and continues on through agency implementation plans that are approved and overseen by the government.  It is the most government-controlled energy planning process in Ontario history.   This managed approach carries potential benefit:  it increases the likelihood that the government may allow plans to be completed, and even followed.  In the past, the government abandoned planning initiatives … Continue Reading

Ontario Launches Phase II of the Large Renewable Procurement Process

Posted in Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Power, Procurement, Project Finance
Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of Energy has announced the launch of the second phase of the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) process (LRP II). The LRP is a competitive bid process for procuring large renewable energy projects in Ontario larger than 500 kilowatts.… Continue Reading

Minister of Energy Issues Direction to IESO Regarding FIT Priority Points

Posted in Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Feed-in-Tariff, FIT, Micro-FIT, FIT 2.0, Independent Producers, Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Ontario Power Authority, Power, Project Finance
Ontario

On April 7, 2015, the Minister of Energy issued a direction (the “Direction”) to the Independent Electricity System Operator (the “IESO”) directing it to make certain changes to the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program, while noting there are no substantial changes to be made to the microFIT program in 2015. The Direction is effective as of April 7, 2015.

The Direction can be viewed here.… Continue Reading

New Procurement Process for Large Renewable Energy Projects

An Update

Posted in Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Feed-in-Tariff, FIT, Micro-FIT, FIT 2.0, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Ontario Power Authority
Ontario

We recently highlighted some important changes by the Ontario Power Authority (the “OPA”) to Ontario’s renewable energy procurement program for microFIT, Small FIT, Large FIT and Contract Capacity Set-Asides. Perhaps the most significant of these changes originated in an Ontario Ministry of Energy directive, issued on June 12, 2013, which instructed the OPA to replace Large FIT Projects (over 500 kW) with a new competitive procurement process to be developed based on feedback from municipalities, aboriginal communities, industry associations, the general public and other stakeholders.… Continue Reading

The End of FIT?

Energy Minister Announces the End of Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff

Posted in Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Feed-in-Tariff, FIT, Micro-FIT, FIT 2.0, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Projects, Wind
Ontario

On May 30, 2013, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli announced the end of the feed-in-tariff (FIT) program for renewable energy projects over 500 kilowatts. Going forward, the government announced that large-scale projects over 500 kilowatts would be approved through a competitive procurement process, although it is not clear at this point what this process would look like.

These proposed reforms seek to increase municipal control over the development of future renewable energy projects, as well as to ensure that municipalities enjoy direct financial benefits from projects that are operating within their municipal boundaries. To achieve these goals, the government has pledged … Continue Reading