March 26, 2015: FIT Contract Version 3.1
The IESO has posted version 3.1 of the FIT Contract, which reflects the January 1, 2015, amalgamation of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) into a new organization that continued operations under the IESO name. These revisions include clarifications or changes resulting from the merger, including the introduction of new standard definitions for “System Operator” and “Sponsor”, as well as revisions to the standard definitions of “IESO” and “OPA”. New standard definitions can be found in FIT Standard Definitions Version 3.1. No changes were made to the FIT Rules Version 3.0 as a result of the amalgamation.
All successful extended FIT 3 procurement Applicants will be offered version 3.1 of the FIT Contract.
January 22, 2015: Webinar to Discuss Proposed Program Enhancements
The IESO held two identical webinars on January 20 and 22, 2015, to discuss the proposed enhancements to the 2015 Feed-In Tariff (FIT) and microFIT programs and to review the stakeholder feedback received on the draft Large Renewable Procurement Request for Proposals (LRP I RFP).
These webinars were live broadcasts of sessions held with industry associations including: APPrO, the Biogas Association, the Canadian Bioenergy Association, CanSIA, CanWEA, the FCPC, OSEA, and the OWA.
The webinar archives are listed below.
A copy of the presentation can be found on the session page, at the bottom right hand corner by clicking the “Resource Library” tab.
December 19, 2014: Contracts Offered for Extended FIT 3 Procurement
The extended FIT 3 procurement has concluded as the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) prepares to offer 332 new Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) renewable energy contracts.These contracts represent 100 megawatts (MW) of power, enough to power almost 13,000 homes. On August 29, 2014, the Minister of Energy directed the OPA to award up to 100 MW of FIT contracts to FIT 3 eligible applicants who were not offered a contract on July 30, 2014. Successful applicants, who confirmed their interest in participating in the extended FIT 3 procurement during the Prescribed Form submission period from October 1, 2014 to October 10, 2014, will be offered a FIT contract.
The breakdown of contract offers are as follows: 330 solar PV projects and 2 bioenergy projects. The projects announced today include 121 projects (31.4 MW) with Aboriginal participation, 60 projects (18.6 MW) with community participation, and 151 projects (50 MW) with municipal or public sector participation.
Successful applicants whose applications evidenced Municipal Council Support Resolutions or Aboriginal Support Resolutions will be required to reconfirm such support for their projects through new support resolutions to be provided as part of the Notice to Proceed Pre-requisites in the FIT Contract.
On January 1, 2015, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is merging with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). The new organization will combine the OPA and IESO mandates. As a result of this merger, successful applicants will receive a FIT Contract from the IESO rather than from the OPA. This change will not affect their FIT Contract offer.
All applicants will receive information on their My FIT Home Page regarding the status of their application.
To transition the FIT program to the IESO, the My FIT Home Page will be undergoing maintenance from January 1 to January 5, 2015 and applicants will be unable access their My FIT Home Page. All applicants will receive information on their My FIT Home Page regarding the status of their application before this scheduled maintenance.
The My FIT Home Page will be returned to full service on January 6, 2015.
We thank you for your patience as we update our website to reflect the new merged organization.
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.
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