Ontario's latest green energy RFP nets twice the amount of power sought
TORONTO, ONT-The Ontario's government's latest call for clean, green power has yielded proposals from energy producers for more than double the amount of electricity requested. Energy Minister Dwight Duncan reported that the request for proposals (RFP) generated 22 proposals for a total of 2,029 megawatts (MW). announced today. The RFP sought out large-scale renewable energy projects of at least 20 MW in size, for a total of up to 1,000 MW. A team selected from across ministries, the Ontario Energy Board, and the Independent Electricity System Operator is now reviewing the proposals. An independent fairness commissioner is overseeing the process, and it is expected that successful projects could be announced before the end of the year. The first RFP led to the announcement last December of 395 MW of new projects; many of the ten successful projects are already under construction. A third request for proposals, announced in July, seeks up to 200 MW of power from small and medium-sized renewable projects of less than 20 MW. Projects from this RFP could include wind, water, solar, biomass and landfill gas projects. More information on the RFP is available on the dedicated Web site, www.ontarioelectricityrfp.ca.