The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has issued
final materials for phase two of Ontario's Large Renewable
Procurement Program (LRP II). The deadline for submitting a
qualification submission to the IESO is September 8, 2016. This is
expected to be the last opportunity to participate in the LRP
because the Minister of Energy has directed the IESO not to
undertake a third round of the LRP. For further information about
the LRP, please see our June 2016 Blakes Bulletin: Ontario's Large Renewable Procurement
Program Recharges for Phase II, RFQ Stage Expected in
In LRP II, the IESO is seeking submissions (Qualification
Submissions) from parties interested in qualifying to participate
in any future potential LRP II Request for Proposals (LRP II RFP)
for up to 600 MW of on-shore wind, 250 MW of solar, 50 MW of
waterpower and 30 MW of bioenergy. In addition, 50 MW will be
procured, which may include a focus toward technological upgrades
to and optimizations of existing renewable generation
To qualify to participate in any future LRP II RFP, a party must
deliver a completed Qualification Submission to the IESO by the
September 8, 2016 deadline, and the IESO must determine the party
to be a qualified applicant in accordance with the criteria set out
in the LRP II Request For Qualification (LRP II RFQ) materials,
which are available on the IESO's
In the RFQ stage, the IESO will not qualify specific projects;
rather, the IESO will determine whether an applicant has sufficient
development experience and financial resources to develop the
renewable projects proposed under any potential LRP II RFP.
In addition to seeking Qualification Submissions for new
renewable projects, the IESO is also using the LRP II RFQ process
to explore the feasibility of procuring additional generation from:
technological upgrades to, and optimizations of, existing renewable
generation facilities; expansions; and facility service
A technological upgrade of an existing renewable generation
facility may involve the replacement or optimization of existing
equipment to increase the existing facility's generating
capacity. An expansion is the addition of generating units to a
current renewable generation facility that are not replacing any
existing generation equipment and are separately metered from the
existing facility. A facility service extension is applicable to a
renewable facility that is not owned by a rate regulated utility
and that had a contract with the IESO, Ontario Power Authority or
Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation that expired at least 12
months prior to July 29, 2016.
The IESO will respond publicly to questions and comments
received from RFQ applicants prior to two question submission
August 5, 2016, for
questions on the final materials
August 25, 2016, for
any additional questions, including questions on any potential
addenda issued by the IESO
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