December 8, 2010 - Program Update

Proposed rule change for capacity allocation exempt (CAE) FIT applications

Please note that the comment period for making submissions about the rule change has now closed. Thank you to all who made submissions. We are now reviewing the submissions and expect to post the final rule change in the coming weeks.

To improve the application process and better align projects with available capacity, the OPA is proposing a rule change to the FIT Program for CAE projects that would apply to applications submitted on or after December 8, 2010. The OPA proposes to start including connection capacity assessments as part of the application review process. This proposed rule change is designed to ensure that potential connection issues are identified as early as possible in the application and contracting process. The proposed rule change can be viewed here. For a summary of the proposed changes, click here.

The OPA will accept comments on this proposed rule change for a period ending January 7, 2011. Comments can be emailed to

The response to the FIT program for CAE projects and the microFIT program has been tremendous. As a result of this success, applications for these project types are outpacing upgrades needed to enable more connections in some areas. As described in the Long-Term Energy Plan, Ontario will continue to invest in upgrades to the transmission and distribution systems to accommodate renewable energy supply in an efficient and cost-effective way.

In areas where technical challenges are identified, the OPA, Hydro One and local distribution companies will continue to work with proponents that have already submitted applications for microFIT and CAE FIT projects.

If you have already submitted an application or received a contract and have not yet talked to your local distribution company, you should do so as soon as possible.

For more information about connecting your CAE FIT project, please speak to your local distribution company. If you still have questions, you can send an email to (please put "connection" in the subject line) or you can call 1-888-387-3403.


Thank you for your interest in the FIT Program for CAE projects.