On March 22, 2013, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) posted an amendment to the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Contract. Specifically, the OPA has amended Exhibit C of the FIT contract which deals with the domestic content requirements. In the new contract (version 2.1.1), Table 1, Activity #11 (On-Shore Wind Turbine Towers) has been amended to allow for a mutually exclusive option for wind tower raw materials. The new domestic content option reads as follows:
“All steel that was formed and shaped into steel tower sections, if any, was processed into steel plates in a steel mill in Ontario; and
All steel for rebar for concrete tower sections, if any, must have been rolled or extruded in a steel mill in Ontario. Aggregate materials used in concrete tower sections, if any, must be sourced and mixed in Ontario, and the Portland cement used in the concrete tower sections, if any, must have been manufactured in Ontario.
The foundation of a tower is not considered part of the tower for the purposes of this Designated Activity 11.”
A link to a comparison of the new contract to version 2.1 can be found here.