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
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.
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
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