Feed-in Tariff Program
December 18, 2014: Merger of the OPA and the IESO
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA), the organization that coordinates province-wide conservation efforts, plans the electricity system for the long term, and contracts for clean electricity resources, is merging with the Independent Electricity System Operator on January 1, 2015, into a new organization that will carry the name Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). The IESO currently balances demand for electricity against available supply through the wholesale market and directs the flow of electricity across the transmission system.
The current responsibilities of both organizations will continue after the merger, including the operation of the FIT program. As a result of this merger, applicants who receive a contract in 2015, including successful extended FIT 3 procurement applicants, will receive IESO branded contract documents to reflect the new merged organization.
Both organizations are working to ensure the transition to the new IESO is as seamless as possible. All OPA email addresses will transition from the @powerauthority.on.ca extension to the @ieso.ca extension on January 1, however during a transition period all emails sent to @powerauthority.on.ca will automatically be redirected to the new email address. Phone numbers will remain the same. We thank you for your patience as we update our website to reflect the new organization.
December 1, 2014: FIT Program Enhancements Being Considered for 2015
On August 29, 2014, the Minister of Energy directed the OPA
to conduct focused stakeholder engagement, in consultation with the Ministry of Energy, to inform potential changes to the FIT Program for implementation in 2015. As a framework for this engagement process, the OPA has posted a discussion paper that outlines proposed enhancements to the FIT Program that are being considered. A similar document outlining proposed microFIT enhancements has also been posted to the microFIT website
A webinar to discuss both the FIT 2015 Discussion Paper and the microFIT 2015 Discussion Paper was held on December 11, 2014, to provide an overview of the proposed changes, answer stakeholder questions and collect feedback.
Over the past three years since the Ontario government launched the FIT two-year review, the OPA and the Ministry of Energy have received feedback on aspects of the program that are working well and on other aspects that could be improved upon. Feedback on all program aspects, whether noted in the FIT 2015 Discussion Paper or otherwise, is encouraged and will be considered as the OPA develops the FIT Rules, Contract and other associated documents for use in the 2015 Application Period.
Interested parties should subscribe to the FIT subscriber list
to ensure they are kept aware of any updates relating to the FIT Program. Subscribers will be notified of any additional engagement activities on the FIT 2015 Discussion Paper which may be facilitated in early 2015.
We look forward to receiving your feedback.
October 9, 2014: FIT Contract Version 3.0.2
The OPA has posted version 3.0.2 of the FIT Contract, which includes the requirement to reconfirm Municipal Council Support Resolutions or Aboriginal Support Resolutions, if applicable, as part of the Notice to Proceed (NTP) Pre-requisites as further detailed in section 2.4. Other changes include check boxes under a new item 10(j) of the FIT Contract Cover Page to indicate whether support resolutions were evidenced as a part of the original application and will therefore be required as a part of the Supplier’s NTP Request.
All successful extended FIT 3 procurement Applicants will be offered version 3.0.2 of the FIT Contract, which can be viewed here
September 30, 2014: New FIT/microFIT Price Schedule Available
The OPA is required to review the prices offered to generators under the FIT and microFIT programs on an annual basis to ensure both ratepayer value and a fair return on investment. The OPA thanks those who provided feedback during the recent price review.
The new price schedule will be effective immediately for the FIT Program and will apply to any FIT contracts that are offered after September 30, 2014, including FIT contracts offered through the extended FIT 3 procurement. The new price schedule will not apply to any FIT contracts offered pursuant to the July 30, 2014 Offer List.
The new price schedule will be effective on January 1, 2015 for the microFIT Program and will apply to Application Approval Notices that are issued on or after January 1, 2015.
The next price review will occur later in 2015 and will be effective on January 1, 2016.
September 26, 2014: Confirmation of Applicant Participation in the Extended FIT 3 Procurement
On August 29, 2014, the Minister of Energy directed the OPA to extend the FIT 3 procurement by allocating up to 100 MW to Eligible Applicants provided there is available connection capacity. The remaining 50 MW of the 150 MW 2014 FIT Procurement Target will be available in the 2015 Procurement Target.
Eligible Applicants are those whose applications were:
(i) received through the FIT 3.0 application period;
(ii) deemed complete and eligible, and;
(iii) not included in the contract Offer List posted on July 30, 2014.