Two New Power Initiatives Improve Bottom Line for Energy-Efficient Ontario Companies

    TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) today
announced two new power-related programs which will serve both Ontario's
electricity users and the industrial providers.
    The two initiatives are part of an integrated effort to support the
provincial government's aggressive conservation and renewable energy targets:

    1. Combined Heat and Power III (CHP III) - The OPA posted a draft request
for proposal (RFP) today to enter into contracts with large industrial
companies capable of generating both electricity and heat for industrial
processes, from renewable fuels.

    2. Demand Response Two (DR2) Program - An incentive program geared to
large Ontario industrial and manufacturing businesses to find ways to use less
electricity when Ontario's power supply is short or very expensive. A typical
company with five MW of load shifting potential could receive an annual
incentive payment of $500,000 or more.

    Combined Heat and Power III (CHP III): Industrial Energy from Renewable

    The CHP procurement is designed to increase industrial efficiency, expand
the role of renewables in Ontario's energy mix and increase the flexibility
and reliability of the entire electricity grid.
    The draft RFP - posted on the OPA's website today - responds to a
directive from the Government of Ontario, to secure approximately 100
megawatts (MW) of high-efficiency renewable-fuelled Combined Heat and Power
(CHP) projects.
    CHP III encourages large industrial businesses to generate both
electricity and process heat for their own manufacturing processes and to sell
excess power back to the provincial grid. The procurement is expected to
attract companies that create potential bio-fuels as part of routine
industrial process, such as wood waste.
    The new CHP III process follows a successful CHP I procurement completed
in 2006 - which awarded seven contracts with a total capacity of 414 MW - and
CHP II, an RFP for large gas-fired CHP projects, which closes on January 29,
2009. Deadline for the CHP III submissions is April 30, 2009.
    For further information on CHP III and other OPA procurements find:

    Demand Response Two: Industry Contributes to Reduction in Ontario's Peak
    Power Load

    This program targets large industrial customers across Ontario that can
consistently shift their electricity requirements during peak periods when the
provincial system needs to curtail electricity use.
    DR 2 is one of a number of OPA demand response programs which give
Ontario businesses more ways to manage their energy use as well as contribute
to the province's conservation targets. This new program will add to the
already more than 560 megawatts (MW) of peak load reduction the province can
call upon during peak periods.
    DR 2 is expected to attract industrial or manufacturing businesses able
to create stocks of partially processed materials, manufactured during low
energy cost periods, which would otherwise have been created during periods of
high electricity prices. A sample of processes that will likely be attracted
to the DR 2 program:
    -  municipal water pumping
    -  ice storage
    -  plastics grinding
    -  rock or gravel crushing operations
    -  wood pulp production
    -  mine de-watering

    DR2 program registration is available starting today. For complete
program information, find:

    Ontario Power Authority

    In pursuit of its mandate of ensuring an adequate, long-term supply of
electricity for Ontario, the OPA creates and implements conservation and
demand management programs, ensures adequate investment in new supply
infrastructure, performs long-term electricity system planning, and
facilitates the development of a more sustainable and competitive electricity

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Ontario Power Authority Media
Relations, (416) 969-6307, 1-800-797-9604

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