On June 12, 2013, Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Bob Chiarelli, directed the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to make sweeping changes to renewable energy procurement in the province. The changes involved microFIT, Small FIT, Large FIT as well as Contract Capacity Set-Asides.
Notably, it is now confirmed that the OPA will not be procuring any more renewable energy under the Large FIT program and will instead be commencing a new competitive procurement process for large-scale renewable energy projects. This new process will involve additional communication with municipalities and Aboriginal communities to identify the best locations for upcoming projects. Any Large FIT application that has been submitted for which a contract offer has not been made will be discontinued.
Municipalities, public sector entities, communities and Aboriginal communities will be provided with incentives by the OPA through a new points system that will be used for prioritization. The Minister’s directive can be found here.