Competition gets underway for 500 more megawatts of renewable power
TORONTO, Aug. 22 /CNW/ -
"Faster, stronger, cleaner" is the theme as Ontario sets the stage for
world-class renewable energy developers to bid on 500 more megawatts of
contracts for new green energy supply.
The final contract rules have been set for a competition to award new
contracts for projects larger than 10 megawatts (MW). For instance, a
10-megawatt wind facility can power more than 2,600 Ontario homes for a year.
This bidding will mark the first phase of a Renewable Energy Supply (RES)
procurement process, one that is intended to combat climate change by adding
2,000 MW of new green power to Ontario's electricity supply.
The projects are a key step in the province's goal to double the amount
of renewable energy supply by 2025 and will emit almost zero greenhouse gas
emissions per megawatt hour compared to about 1,000 kilograms per megawatt
hour currently emitted by coal-fired plants.
The 500-megawatt RES III Request For Proposals (RFP) process is designed
to be highly competitive and bring renewable capacity to the province in areas
where it is most needed. Proposals will be evaluated for technical capability,
financial strength, previous experience, management skills and a variety of
other criteria to ensure the successful bidders will complete their projects
on time and on budget. A fairness advisor will monitor the process.
The Ontario Power Authority - the province's energy planner - will
process and evaluate the bids. The deadline for bids is Oct. 28, 2008 and the
successful projects are expected to be announced in December, 2008.
"These projects will not only increase Ontario's supply of clean,
sustainable energy sources, they will help boost local economies and create
jobs," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and
"Today's announcement kick starts the process to which we anticipate a
strong response," said Robert Hornung, President of the Canadian Wind Energy
Association. "The wind energy industry is ready to answer the call to provide
Ontarians with an infinite source of emissions-free energy for generations to
- Ontario's long-term energy plan calls for an $18-billion investment
in renewable energy.
- By the end of 2008, nearly 4,000 MW of renewable energy projects will
be completed, underway or under contract.
- Ontario currently has almost 1,200 MW of wind capacity, or more than
650 wind turbines, online or under construction - an 80-fold increase
from 2003, when just 10 wind turbines were in operation.
- 500 MW of dirty and polluting coal-fired generation, at current rates
of generation, produces about two million tonnes of greenhouse gas
emissions in a year.
Learn about Ontario's plan for cleaner, greener electricity.
For details about the competitive process visit www.powerauthority.on.ca
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For further information:
For further information: Tom Arnold, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3546;
Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, (416) 327-4334