TORONTO, April 4, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has recently signed contracts for three new-build waterpower projects owned by Ontario municipalities through the municipal stream of the Hydroelectric Standard Offer Program (HESOP).
The projects will be developed by Renfrew Power Generation in Horton Township (1.7 megawatts or MW), St. Catharines Hydro Generation Inc. in St. Catharines (4.2 MW) and Chaudičre Hydro in Ottawa (29.35 MW). All three projects have majority municipal ownership. They are examples of municipal contributions to Ontario's reliable and sustainable electricity system and participation in the province's clean energy sector.
Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli announced the Renfrew project at an event today in Pembroke. He previously announced the Ottawa project on March 7, and Minister of the Environment Jim Bradley attended an event to mark the St. Catharines project on March 12.
The HESOP program offers two streams - a municipal stream and an expansion stream. The municipal stream was available for new waterpower projects larger than 500 kilowatts that were the subject of an application to the OPA's Feed-in Tariff Program submitted before June 5, 2010. Applications for HESOP's municipal stream were accepted from November 4 to December 6, 2013.
The expansion stream will be open to expansion projects at existing non-utility generation facilities under contract with the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation and at existing facilities under contract with the OPA through the Hydroelectric Contract Initiative. Draft program rules and standard definitions for the new HESOP expansion stream are now posted on the OPA's website for comment from interested stakeholders, communities and potential project developers until April 13, 2014. This stream has a procurement target of up to 40 MW.
SOURCE Ontario Power Authority