in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

Ontario's minister of energy has ordered the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to focus on microFIT and smaller solar projects, according to new directives associated with the province's feed-in tariff (FIT). While the OPA continues to stress greater involvement with aboriginal and community groups, the province's further development of larger wind and solar projects has largely been de-emphasized.

Importantly, the OPA has cleared the application queue for projects, meaning that all interested renewable energy developers, including wind and solar developers must reapply. The microFIT contract and application window will open at the same time as the rules are posted, which could be as early as July 12.

According to the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, the directives
provided renewable energy developers greater clarity on the prioritization of projects with greater than or equal to 50% community or aboriginal equity participation.

Ontario-based consultancy Ortech adds the OPA will provide further information on the timeline for the large FIT applications, such as utility-scale wind and solar, at a later but as-yet-unspecified date.

Ortech also says the clause for terminating contracts has been returned to the language used originally by the province in the first iteration of FIT rules in 2009.

The final FIT rules for small projects are expected to be released toward the end of July, according to Chris Bentley, Ontario's minister of energy.


Advertisement

Trachte_id2056
Latest Top Stories

More Investors Entering Tax Equity Market; Returns Holding Steady

The entry of new tax equity investors to the wind space last year re-ignited an old debate.


Report: Top 10 Turbine OEMs Had Record Year In 2014

Preliminary findings suggest Vestas reigned supreme again among the world's leading wind turbine makers. How did some of the other OEMs fare?


AWEA's Gramlich To FERC: Additional Transmission Needed Regardless Of Clean Power Plan

To further build a more balanced and reliable electricity portfolio, the U.S. needs to build more transmission capacity.


Getting A Grip On Grinding Gearboxes: Why Such Events Need Not Be Showstoppers

Despite advances in gearbox reliability - namely, from condition monitoring systems and greater design standardization - challenges remain.


How Wind Energy Can Meet EPA Clean Power Plan Requirements

According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind power is a cost-effective solution for complying with the environmental effort.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015