Response to RFP for Renewable Energy Significant

[] In a second move to increase Ontario’s renewable energy sources for cleaner air and alternative sustainable power supplies, energy producers answered the McGuinty government’s RFP with more than double the amount of electricity requested. The government received 22 proposals for a total of 2,029 MW of renewable power; the RFP seeks up to 1,000 MW, enough to power 200,000 homes. The government’s first RFP resulted in 395 MW of new energy projects, many of which are under construction. A third request for proposals, announced in July, seeks up to 200 MW of power from small and medium-sized renewable projects of under 20 MW. Expected to provide enough power for 20,000 homes, projects from this RFP include wind, water, solar, biomass and landfill gas projects. The Ontario government’s commitment that five per cent, or 1,350 MW, of Ontario’s total energy capacity come from renewable sources by 2007, and 10 per cent, or 2,700 MW, by 2010.
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