In June 2012, the Ontario Minister of Energy directed the
Ontario Power Authority (the "OPA") to begin development
of what is now known as the Large Renewable Procurement (the
"LRP"). The LRP is a competitive process for the
procurement of large renewable energy projects generally greater
than 500 kW. The procurement targets are as follows:
The OPA's final recommendations report, prepared for the
Minister of Energy, was released in February 2014. The report
included proposed elements of subsequent stages of the procurement
process including the request for qualifications and request for
Request for Qualifications
The LRP is a multi-step process, and the first step is a request
for qualifications. Through this process, the OPA seeks
qualification submissions for potential future requests for
proposals for these types of large renewable energy projects (the
"LRP I RFQ"). Applicants are assessed on a variety of
factors such as their ability to meet mandatory requirements,
development experience, their willingness to make the necessary
investments and financial capacity, and their compliance with laws
and regulations. From these submissions, the OPA is in the position
to establish a list of qualified applicants that will become
eligible to participate in the second step, a request for proposals
(the "LRP I RFP").
List of Qualified Applicants
On July 14, 2012, the OPA published the LRP I RFQ, and on
September 4, 2014, the deadline for submissions expired. At this
time, the evaluation process has been completed. In the preceding
months, the OPA carefully reviewed all seventy submissions. As of
November 4, 2014, a complete list of the 42 pre-qualified
applicants was released and can be found here. Unlike the regular FIT Program, the OPA
has largely excluded small developers from the list of
pre-qualified applicants. Missing from the list are also a number
of well known Canadian developers of renewable energy projects who
were rejected due to alleged administrative errors in their
submission packages. If history is any indication of future
outcomes, given the limited number of MWs being procured, only a
handful of the 42 pre-qualified applicants will ever have a chance
of securing projects under the RFP process.
Next Steps: Draft Versions of the LRP I RFP and LRP I
The LRP I RFP process has not yet been finalized. The OPA will
soon release drafts of both the LRP I RFP and the LRP I Contract.
Various interested parties, including municipalities, communities,
and stakeholders, will be encouraged to share their comments and
concerns with the OPA. In addition, the OPA will host a webinar to
discuss the newly released documents. The date and time of the
webinar will be provided in conjunction with the drafts.
Interested parties should watch closely for the draft versions
of the LRP I RFP and LRP I Contract which are scheduled to be
released sometime in November.
Request for Proposals
Upon the finalization of the LRP I RFP process, only the
qualified applicants identified by the LRP I RFQ process will be
invited to submit specific renewable energy project proposals.
These project specific proposals will be detailed accounts of
the project and will include both logistical details such as
location, capacity and connection point, and an overview of the
entity's proposed community involvement.
Prepared with the assistance of Cassandra Da Re,
student-at-law at Dale & Lessmann LLP.
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