The Independent Electricity Systems Provider (IESO) has announced that the 16 contracts offered on March 10, 2016 for Phase I of the Large Renewable Procurement process (LRP I) have now been signed and executed. The execution of the contracts concludes the LRP I process. Moving forward, contracted projects will be required to obtain all necessary licenses and approvals before they can be constructed and operated. These processes are separate from the IESO’s procurement activities and will involve additional community engagement.

The full list of selected projects for LRP I has now been updated to reflect the rated criteria category results for each project. In addition to certain value and operational factors, each LRP I proposal was evaluated on the basis of rated criteria pertaining to abutting landowner / leaseholder support, project community support / agreement, and aboriginal participation. A summary of the total results for each rated criteria category is listed below:

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The announcement coincides with the launch of Phase II of the LRP (LRP II) whereby the Ontario Ministry of Energy has directed the IESO to develop and issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) by August 1, 2016 for up to 930 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy. Of that total amount, Ontario has set individual procurement targets of up to 600 MW of wind, 250 MW of solar photovoltaic, 50 MW of hydroelectric and 30 MW of bioenergy.

As part of the Phase II launch, the IESO has initiated a stakeholder and community engagement to invite feedback on the LRP I process and understand what improvements can be made prior to the second round of procurement (LRP II). For more information, please see the LRP II Stakeholder and Community Engagement page.