Ontario is putting its new feed-in tariff program out for public feedback -- just in time for a RenewableEnergyWorld.com road trip to the region.
Last month the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) announced upcoming changes to the FIT program, including carving out large projects, adding enticements for municipalities, and adjusting domestic content provisions (thanks to the WTO's ruling). Now the FIT 3 draft is ready for public viewing; feedback is being accepted until Sept. 20. The OPA's Web site summarizes the changes both in summary and an in-line document comparison. Here they are in a nutshell:
As it happens, I'll be traveling to Ontario next week for a media tour hosted by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment (MEDTE), showcasing renewable energy organizations and facilities from Toronto to Thunder Bay and beyond. Presentations on the agenda include grid flexibility, energy storage, and energy efficiency and LED lighting -- and a briefing by the OPA. We'll also be visiting a major biomass conversion project and wind manufacturing facility. I'll be learning, and sharing, while I'm out there.
As of March 31, Ontario's renewables projects in operation amounted to 2.93 GW (excluding hydro), with another 5.24 GW under development. Including hydro, the sector provided roughly 30 percent of Ontario's 15.16 GW of total contract capacity. I'm anxious to hear what local leaders are doing to push that number higher, productively and responsibly.
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