Ontario Seeks New, Smaller Renewable Energy Projects

The McGuinty government in Ontario, Canada is adding more renewable energy to the province’s electricity supply mix through the release of a third Request for Proposals (RFP) for new renewable energy. This one solely targets smaller projects, opening the door to a wide variety of renewable energy technologies and approaches to clean energy.

The government is seeking up to 200 MW of power from small and medium-sized renewable energy projects under 20 MW, including wind, water, solar, biomass and landfill gas – enough to power 40,000 homes. “In addition to providing cleaner energy and cleaner air, this latest call for proposals for renewable energy is expected to attract nearly $400 million in new investment and new jobs to Ontario,” said Dwight Duncan, Minister of Energy. “It will also help our government meet or exceed our target of generating five percent of Ontario’s power from new renewable energy sources by 2007, as we move aggressively to replace coal-fired generation with cleaner sources of energy.” This is the McGuinty government’s third RFP for renewable power. In November 2004, the government announced 10 new renewable energy projects that will provide Ontario with 395 MW of clean power. In April 2005, the government released a second RFP for up to 1,000 MW of renewable energy from projects over 20 MW. Combined, the government’s three RFPs for renewable power are expected to bring up to 1,600 MW of new renewable power and almost $2.5 billion in new investment to Ontario. This could exceed the government’s five percent target (1,350 MW) for renewable energy by 20 percent. The government’s RFP will be coordinated with the Ministry of Natural Resources’ efforts to make Crown land available for waterpower and wind development. Proponents have until December to submit their proposals. It is expected that successful projects will be announced in the spring of 2006. “Our government is continuing to remove barriers to cleaner energy and conservation as we clean up our air and clean up the way we generate electricity,” said Minister Duncan. “We want to ensure that small and medium-sized renewable energy projects have a chance to compete as we continue to bring on cleaner sources of energy.” More information on the RFP can be found at the following link.
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