In response to the high volume of comments received during the Draft LRP I RFP and draft LRP I Contract feedback period, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has extended the posting date of the final LRP documents to March 3, 2015.

In the meantime, the IESO has released an update document on the IESO website (found here) (the “Update”) which provides Qualified Applicants and interested stakeholders with additional information on some of the proposed changes to the final LRP documents.

Along with the above new release date, the following revised timetable is expected (the final revised timetable will appear at section 2.2 of the LRP I RFP).

All capitalized terms used herein but not defined shall have the meanings ascribed thereto in the LRP documents.

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Some of the key changes to the LRP documents that the IESO expects to make to the LRP documents are as follows:

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The Update also provides that Qualified Applicants will be given an opportunity to identify certain Circuits (listed in the Circuit TAT Table) to the IESO that they wish to receive supplementary information on connection availability. At the conclusion of this process, the IESO will update the Circuit TAT Table with the indicative available capacity for those identified Circuits. The IESO notes that this is meant to provide only a general indication of the electricity system’s ability to accommodate new renewable generation projects under the LRP program at the identified Circuit and this is not a confirmation of the available connection capacity at an identified Circuit and this is intended for information purposes only.

The parameters of this connection availability process are set out in the Update and, importantly, Qualified Applicants can submit Circuits between February 9 and February 13, 2015. The IESO will screen submitted Circuits between February 16 and April 15, 2015.