On October 31, 2011, the Ontario Government announced its much
anticipated review of the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program ("FIT
The basic purpose of the FIT Review is to examine existing
program rules and pricing structures in an effort to ensure the
program is sustainable over the long term. The FIT Program was
designed to provide a program review every two years.
Deputy Minister Fareed Amin, formerly the Deputy Minister of
Energy, has been appointed to lead this review and will work
closely with the Ministry of Energy and the Ontario Power
Authority. The review will include direct consultation with key
stakeholders in the renewable energy sector, including: project
developers, community and First Nations groups, trade associations,
municipalities, the post secondary sector, municipal utilities,
consumer groups and manufacturers. The consultation process will
include individual meetings, formal written submissions,
teleconferences and sessions with the FIT/microFIT Advisory
The consultation period will run from October 31 until December
14, 2011. In addition, a broad form of public consultation will
also be contemplated using web based tools. Surveys and submissions
can be completed at the following email address: 2yearFITreview@ontario.ca
The FIT Review will seek to achieve the following
Ensure that new program rules, contracts and price schedules
are sufficiently detailed and understood by key stakeholders.
Identify key implementation issues that need to be
Gain a more in-depth understanding of stakeholder concerns and
The FIT Review will address a range of FIT program issues,
FIT pricing to ensure a balance between the interests of
electricity ratepayers and the continued stimulation of clean
energy investment in Ontario. This review will involve new price
modelling and is expected to result in reduced FIT prices for
New and emerging clean energy technology types and how they may
be included in the FIT Program.
A wide ranging assessment of government policies and tools to
ensure that Ontario retains a competitive manufacturing sector that
can attract clean energy investments.
Consideration of community outreach techniques to complement
the province's Renewable Energy Approval process.
The alignment of the Long Term Energy Plan and Supply Mix
planning targets (10,700 MWs non-hydro renewables 9,000 MW
Forms of participation and eligibility considerations.
Alignment with key regulatory processes.
Under current FIT Program rules, changes in FIT pricing which
may result from the program review will not affect the prices
provided in existing FIT contracts entered into by the OPA.
However, applicants which have not entered into FIT contracts will
receive the pricing in effect at the time a FIT contract offer is
received and a contract reflecting any other changes to the FIT
contract resulting from the FIT Review.
A similar review of the microFIT program was also announced on
October 31, 2011 with consultations continuing until December 14,
2011. microFIT applications will continue to be received while the
review is underway but will not be processed until the new microFIT
rules and pricing schedule have been issued. Existing microFIT
applications submitted up to August 31, 2011 will be processed and
issued conditional offers under the existing rules and pricing
schedules. Applications submitted after August 31, 2011 will be
subject to the new rules and pricing schedule. The microFIT review
will not affect existing contracts or outstanding conditional
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