As previously noted, the IESO is currently developing the Large
Renewable Procurement II ("LRP II")
process. Consistent with LRP I, the LRP II process will involve two
phases: a Request for Qualifications ("LRP II
RFQ") and a Request for Proposals.
On July 13, 2016, the IESO hosted a webinar to provide an
overview of the LRP II RFQ process and the changes it has
introduced following the feedback received on the LRP I RFQ
process. The IESO indicated that the LRP II RFQ process is
substantively similar to the LRP I RFQ process. Two key topics
emerged from the webinar: the introduction of a simplified process
for Qualified Applicants ("QAs") and the
addition of a procurement target of 50 MW from technological
upgrades and optimization of existing renewable facilities.
The IESO has introduced a simplified process for applicants that
were deemed QAs during the LRP I RFQ process. To be eligible for
the simplified process, the qualification submission of an
applicant must, for each renewable fuel, be the same or less
than the aggregate number of MWs and large renewable projects
that the applicant qualified for under the LRP I RFQ (less the MWs
and number of projects awarded during the LRP process).
Under the simplified process, the applicant must re-evidence its
financial capability and must submit the IESO letter from the LRP I
RFQ process (which confirmed its status as a QA). The applicant
must declare that it continues to meet the LRP I RFQ development
experience requirements, but does not have to submit new and
current evidence to support such declaration. The applicant must
also declare that (i) each LRP I Control Group Member is still a
Control Group Member of the applicant and (ii) each LRP I
designated team member is still a Designated Team Member. If any
changes were made to a Control Group Member (i.e. in connection
with a reorganization) or to any designated team members, the
applicant will not be eligible for the simplified process.
50 MW of Procurement from Existing Renewable Energy
As this procurement target was not included in the LRP I
process, the IESO is currently determining the types of technology
that should be included in the LRP II process. The IESO has
circulated questionnaires to the relevant industry groups in order
to gain a better understanding of the available technologies and
how such technologies could increase the capacity and annual output
of an existing project. The IESO is also seeking feedback from
appropriate stakeholder and industry groups as to which
technologies should be considered for LRP II, the type of contracts
that should be awarded, and any other information that may be
relevant to this type of procurement process.
Applicants submitting proposals for such projects will not
qualify for the simplified process and will have proceed through
the standard process. Such applicants will also be required to
submit their project's existing power purchase agreement and
provide information about each proposed upgrade and optimization
(and the corresponding change to output).
Next steps and timeline
The final LRP II RFQ documents will be posted on the IESO
website on July 29, 2016 and the LRP II RFQ process will be
launched on August 1, 2016. Question and comment periods will be
held between August 1 and August 19, 2016. The deadline for
Qualification Submissions is September 1, 2016. These dates are
subject to change and will be finalized once the final LRP II RFQ
documents are available.
The IESO accepted feedback on the LRP II RFQ materials until
July 14, 2016 and will post the results on its website on July 29,
2016. However, the IESO indicated during the webinar that it
intends to continue to accept feedback after July 14, 2016 (which
may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org), provided
that it has enough time to review the feedback before July 29,
The IESO will hold a session on July 21, 2016 from 9:30 AM to
12:30 pm, which will focus on the technical aspects of the LRP II.
A discussion on the LRP II technological upgrades and optimization
will follow from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM.
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