Gowling WLG / Jeremy Hourigan, Rod Northey / 15 April 2016
On April 5, 2016, Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli issued a ministerial directive to the Independent Electricity System Operator (“IESO”) requiring the IESO to commence a second phase to procure more, new large-scale renewable (LRP) energy projects in Ontario in a competitive process. Other aspects of the directive deal with a new phase of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program, known as FIT 5 and microFIT. This latest directive is intended to advance Ontario’s renewable sector and assist in cutting Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent (below 1990 levels) by 2050.
For readers interested in how the new procurement process has affected energy prices, this article includes a table illustrating the decline in prices paid for solar PV, wind and waterpower from 2009 when the Green Energy FIT process began to the results of the first procurement.
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OSEA / Yvonne Ho / 16 December 2015
The following is a guest post from CanSIA and the Solar Canada Conference, which discusses the increase in local, small scale renewable energy co-operatives in Ontario over the past few years, thanks to the start of the Feed-in-Tariff program back in 2009. Renewable energy co-operatives date back into the 1990s, with TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative being one of the first ones to pop up in our province. Local ownership of energy projects not only contributes to a community’s economic and social wellbeing, they also lead to greater acceptance of renewables as a solution to future energy requirements.
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SWITCH / Newsletter / 22 December 2015
SWITCH recently participated in the Ministry of Energy’s consultation and engagement on a concept proposal for the net metering/self-consumption (NM/SC) program that will take the place of the microFIT program in Ontario.
You can find a Q&A document summarizing questions from the webinar and in-person sessions, with the Ministry’s responses to these questions here.
The Ministry is now considering all feedback received as they develop a program proposal. The Ministry expects to post this program proposal to the Environmental Registry for comment.
If you have any questions or input, please contact SWITCH at firstname.lastname@example.org
IESO / 17 September 2015
The IESO has posted a new FIT/microFIT price schedule for 2016.
The IESO is required to review the prices offered to generators under the FIT and microFIT programs annually to ensure both ratepayer value and a fair return on investment. A slide deck and some FAQs have also been posted that provide background and supporting information on the 2016 prices.
The new price schedule will be effective on January 1, 2016, for the FIT and microFIT programs and will apply to any FIT contracts or microFIT Application Approval Notices that are issued on or after that date.
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Ontario Ministry of Energy
Ontario’s 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan committed to examine the potential for the microFIT program to transition from a generation purchasing program to a net metering program. The Ministry of Energy has now developed a program concept proposal for a net metering/self-consumption program.
You are invited to a background webinar on August 27, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on this program concept proposal. The background webinar will also outline the Ministry’s phased engagement plan.
If you are unable to attend the live webinar, please forward the invite to another contact within your organization. A recording will also be made available after the webinar.
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IESO / 17 July 2015
The IESO has commenced the annual price review to determine the FIT and microFIT pricing structure for 2016. The IESO is required to review the prices offered to generators on an annual basis to ensure they receive a reasonable return on investment under the FIT and microFIT Programs. As part of the current price review, the IESO will focus on ensuring ratepayer value, with consideration of global renewable generation cost trends and prior application volumes.
To help develop the 2016 price schedules, the IESO has posted a pricing questionnaire that may be completed and submitted by any interested party. The responses received will form an important part of the price review and will help the IESO develop the 2016 price schedules. The deadline for responses is Friday, August 14, 2015. Please email your completed questionnaire to FIT@ieso.ca. Please note that feedback not directly related to the price review will not be considered at this time.
Find more information about current FIT prices.
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