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:
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
Public meetings suggested that communities should have a veto
with respect to siting of proposed projects.
Feedback from First Nations and Métis focused on the
timing of environmental due diligence, suggesting it be done during
the RFQ stage in order to identify issues early in the process.
In contrast to the feedback from First Nations and Métis,
meetings with industry associations expressed concerns related to
satisfying community engagement criteria at the RFQ stage when key
project details are typically not fully known. These meetings also
emphasized the need to release complete transmission availability
tables as soon as possible and in advance of the RFQ. More
information was also requested concerning whether or not
technologies would be competing against each other for transmission
A preliminary LRP timeline suggests the first RFQ stage is
scheduled to begin on April 1, with short-listed qualified
applicants being determined in November and successful proposals
announced in July of 2015. The next RFQ stage is scheduled to begin
August 2015, with short-listed qualified applicants being
determined in February 2016 and successful proposals announced in
It is not yet clear how the Ontario Power Authority will apply
feedback from these stakeholder meetings but further announcements
are expected in the coming weeks, given the proposed launch is
targeted before the end of the month.
For more information on the LRP, see the Ontario Power
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