APPRO PowerBrief
Jan. 2, 2014

10. Ontario Power Generation considering biomass option for Thunder Bay plant
CBC News
Feb. 21, 2013: Ontario Power Generation says it's taking a closer look at whether the Mission Island Generating Station could be converted to burn biomass. The conversion of Thunder Bay's Mission Island Generating Station from coal power to natural gas was halted as Ontario Power Generation said it couldn't strike a power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority. More

9. Ontario's Minister of Energy announces changes to FIT program
June 20, 2013: Ontario's Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli announced changes to Ontario's FIT program that eliminate controversial domestic content requirements, affect large-scale project development, refocus attention on small-scale projects, and recognize the importance of municipal involvement. Taken together, the changes represent a significant step for Ontario's growing renewable energy sector, and provide some stability in the face of rising concerns over what lies ahead once current FIT contracts, currently entering their construction phase, are built. More

8. Company plans transmission line connecting Ontario energy to the U.S.
North American Wind Power
Sept. 19, 2013: Lake Erie Power, an independent energy transmission developer, has announced plans to build an underwater high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission project connecting Ontario to Pennsylvania. The company says the Lake Erie CleanPower Connector would help meet the growing demand for electricity in the state and the PJM grid. More

7. Ontario announces changes to the FIT program
The Government of Ontario
June 6, 2013: Ontario is increasing local control over future renewable energy projects to support municipalities and secure the province's clean energy future. Working with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and municipalities, the province will develop a competitive procurement process for renewable projects over 500 kilowatts (kW). The new process will replace the existing large project stream of the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program and better meet the needs of communities. It will require energy planners and developers to work directly with municipalities to identify appropriate locations and site requirements for any future large renewable energy project. More

6. The fitness director is in town: 2 new directives in two months' time for Ontario's feed-in tariff program
Oct. 3, 2013: Ontario's Minister of Energy issued a directive to the Ontario Power Authority pursuant to the Electricity Act, 1998 to amend the Feed-in-Tariff program. The directive expands upon the announcements made in a speech by the Ontario Minister of Energy to an energy industry association less than a month prior. More

5. Ontario cabinet ministers told to smooth out wind turbine conflict
Toronto Star
May 23, 2013: Four Ontario cabinet ministers have been given the job of devising ways to give local residents more say in where renewable energy projects like wind farms can be located. It's a politically urgent task for the Liberals, who were almost wiped out in rural Ontario in the last election. Anger over the lack of local control over renewable energy projects, especially wind farms, hurt the Liberals in some areas. More

4. Ontario's Green Energy Act sparks spirited debate
Northumberland Today
Mar. 21, 2013: The Green Energy Act, with its Feed In Tariff Program (FIT) goal of creating 10,700 megawatts of green power over the next 20 years, can't be evaluated in isolation of the fact that the existing generators of power in this province need replacing and/or refurbishing, as do the transmission lines that deliver power to the people throughout Ontario, says green energy proponents. More

3. Ontario's renewable integration rules hit the ground running
May 2, 2013: A major set of changes is underway affecting how renewable power supplies will be managed on the provincial grid. Much like other jurisdictions, Ontario has to devise ways of coping with increasing volumes of variable generation, recognizing the unique characteristics of each type of supply. But unlike most other jurisdictions, Ontario has to adapt quickly to accommodate relatively large amounts of renewables in short order, starting from a position with surplus baseload generation. More

2. Ontario power plant cancellations: Top bureaucrat aware of sky high Mississauga, Oakville costs
Toronto Star
April 18, 2013: The former boss of Ontario's civil service says she was aware scrapping power plants in Oakville and Mississauga came with buckets of costs beyond the $230 million revealed by the government. Within two months of the Liberal government's decision to nix the Mississauga power station during the October 2011 election it became clear the tab was rising, Shelly Jamieson, former premier Dalton McGuinty's secretary of cabinet until December 2011, told a legislative committee investigating the scandal surrounding the power plant cancellations. More

1. Ontario Power Authority directive recieved from the Minister of Energy
Ontario Power Authority
June 20, 2013: The OPA has posted on its website a directive received from the Minister of Energy. This directive outlines changes to the Feed-in Tariff Program, with a focus on increasing local participation in future renewable energy projects to support municipalities, setting annual capacity targets for microFIT and Small FIT, and developing a competitive procurement process for renewable projects over 500 kilowatts. More