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LRP I Results

Posted in Community Projects, Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator, Power, Procurement, Project Finance, Projects

Today, the Independent Electricity Systems Operator (IESO) announced the results of the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) I program. The LRP is a competitive bid process for procuring large renewable energy projects in Ontario generally larger than 500 kilowatts.

In response to 103 proposals received, the IESO offered 16 contracts representing 454.885 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy capacity. Of the successful proposals, 13 projects representing 336.8 MW include participation from one or more Aboriginal communities, including 5 projects with greater than 50% participation. More than 75% of the awarded proposals had received support from local municipalities with more than 60% support … Continue Reading

Update on Hydro-Québec Off-Grid Wind Farm RFP

Posted in Community Projects, Québec Hydro-Québec, Wind

Late in December 2015, Hydro-Québec Distribution (“HQD”) announced the postponement by one year of the deadline for submissions in response to its request for proposals (A/P 2015-01) (“RFP”) issued on October 23, 2015 for the development, building and operation of a 6 MW wind farm in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, in Québec. The objective of this RFP is to integrate a wind farm into the off-grid system of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, which would contribute to reducing Hydro-Québec’s use of its Cap-aux-Meules oil-fired thermal plant.… Continue Reading

Québec’s New Regulation Regarding the Procurement of 450 MW of Wind Power

Posted in Aboriginal, Community Projects, Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Energy Partnerships, Local Distribution, Policy, Power, Procurement, Projects, Québec Hydro-Québec, Regulation, Wind

On August 28, 2013, the Québec government published a draft regulation under An Act Respecting the Régie de l’énergie setting out a framework for the procurement of an initial 450‑MW block of wind power of the previously announced 800 MW of wind power to be procured.

In summary, the core provisions of the draft regulation deal with the following:… Continue Reading

Toronto Approves Innovative Energy Efficiency Pilot Program Utilizing “Local Improvement Charges”

Toronto Forges Ahead – “Local Improvement Charges” Offer a New & Promising Financing Mechanism to Encourage Energy Retrofits

Posted in Community Projects, Conservation, Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Natural Gas, Projects, Water

Since then-Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Kathleen Wynne authorized municipalities to use Local Improvement Charges (LICs) to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation projects last November, industry watchers have been waiting to see whether Toronto would take advantage of the opportunity.

Last week, they did: Toronto City Council unanimously approved its first pilot energy and water efficiency program. The three-year, $20 million pilot launching in late 2013 will include 1,000 single-family homes and 10 multi-residential buildings. It will permit participating property owners to undertake natural gas, electricity and water efficiency and conservation measures, with the City … Continue Reading

Small FIT Contracts Awarded

Ontario Power Sector, FIT, Feed-in Tariff, Small FIT, Nuclear Energy

Posted in Aboriginal, Community Projects, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Feed-in-Tariff, FIT, Micro-FIT, FIT 2.0, Projects, Solar

Last week, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) announced here that no less than 951 new Small Feed-in Tariff (FIT) renewable energy contracts had been awarded, mostly for small-scale solar projects. Based on the list of contracts posted on the OPA’s website, it appears that a large proportion of the contracts were awarded to school boards and for projects with Aboriginal participation.

A list of the contracts awarded can be found via the hyperlink on this webpage.… Continue Reading

Québec’s New 800 MW Wind Power Procurement

Posted in Aboriginal, Community Projects, Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Procurement, Projects, Québec Hydro-Québec, Régie de l’énergie, Regulation, Wind

On May 10, 2013, the Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, together with the Minister of Natural Resources, Martine Ouellet, the Minister for Regions and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, Gaétan Lelièvre, and the Minister for Tourism and Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, Pascal Bérubé, announced Québec’s intention to secure an additional block of 800 MW of wind power capacity.… Continue Reading

Feed-in-Tariff Forum

McCarthy Tétrault is attending Feed-in-Tariff Forum

Posted in Aboriginal, Community Projects, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Energy Partnerships, Feed-in-Tariff, FIT, Micro-FIT, FIT 2.0, Projects, Solar, Wind

Tomorrow is Ontario’s 2013 Feed-in-Tariff Forum, which will be taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Sessions will touch on topics ranging from the impact of surplus baseload generation to Aboriginal and community partnerships to, of course, FIT 2.0. The second day of the conference will offer two separate “tracks” focused on solar and wind powered projects respectively.

McCarthy Tétrault will be attending the Forum. In particular, look out for partners Seán O’Neill, who will chair a session on “Realities and Strategies for Project Developers” and Suzanne Murphy, who present on “Challenges of FIT 2.0 for Aboriginal … Continue Reading