Toronto, December 17, 2009 — Ontario’s power producers congratulated the government of Ontario and minister of energy and infrastructure on the announcement of the initial uptake for the new feed-in tariff (FIT) program.
“The FIT was intended to spur renewable generation development by providing predictability and a level playing field for all, and by giving preference to mature, fully permitted, shovel-ready projects. From our perspective, it looks like a winner: our members have hundreds of megawatts of fully permitted and advanced stage projects with well-established manufacturers which can go to construction in 2010 and 2011 creating hundreds and hundreds of immediate jobs” Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO) president Dave Butters said.
He said that the number of applications and amount of new renewable generation capacity (about 8,000 MW) was a surprise, noting that it translates into about 3 MW of potential generation for every MW of connection capacity available, and he welcomed the government’s commitment to fill out the available connection capacity for the most viable and “shovel-ready” projects that can be in operation soonest.
Butters noted that this successful launch underscored the argument APPrO and other energy associations have been making that the FIT has the potential to be a tremendous success on its own: it doesn’t need special arrangements for companies like Samsung that guarantee preferred access to transmission and other provisions.
“Our members have invested billions of dollars into the Ontario electricity sector, they intend to invest billions more and they all believe strongly in transparent, open procurement processes. Today’s announcement shows that no special deals are required to achieve the government’s green energy and economy goals,” Butters said.
APPrO is a non-profit organization representing more than 100 companies involved in the generation of electricity in Ontario, including generators, suppliers of services, equipment and consulting services.