April 23, 2015: microFIT 2015 Program Update
Due to the ongoing work in transitioning the microFIT Program to a net-metering initiative, there will be no substantial changes to the microFIT Program for 2015. This year’s annual procurement target is 50 MW. Please see the April 7, 2015, directive from the Minister of Energy for further information.
The IESO received input on potential changes to the microFIT program through more than 45 written submissions from a broad range of stakeholders and communities between December 1, 2014 and January 23, 2015. While there are no changes to the microFIT Program at this time, these submissions have been reviewed and shared with the Ministry of Energy. The IESO thanks all those who contributed feedback.
January 22, 2015: Webinar to Discuss Proposed Program Enhancements
The IESO held two identical webinars on January 20 and 22, 2015, to discuss the proposed enhancements to the 2015 Feed-In Tariff (FIT) and microFIT programs and to review the stakeholder feedback received on the draft Large Renewable Procurement Request for Proposals (LRP I RFP).
These webinars were live broadcasts of sessions held with industry associations including: APPrO, the Biogas Association, the Canadian Bioenergy Association, CanSIA, CanWEA, the FCPC, OSEA, and the OWA.
The webinar archives are listed below.
A copy of the presentation can be found on the session page, at the bottom right hand corner by clicking the “Resource Library” tab.
OPA Merges with the IESO on January 1, 2015
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA), the organization that coordinates province-wide conservation efforts, plans the electricity system for the long term, and contracts for clean electricity resources, is merging with the Independent Electricity System Operator to form a new organization that will carry the name Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). The IESO currently balances demand for electricity against available supply through the wholesale market and directs the flow of electricity across the transmission system.
The current responsibilities of both organizations will continue after the merger, including the operation of the microFIT Program. With regard to existing microFIT Contracts, the IESO will be substituted for the OPA as the counterparty to the microFIT Contracts.Going forward, all new microFIT documents will be branded as the IESO to reflect the new organization.
Price Schedule Change
Please be advised that all active microFIT applications that have not received a Pending Connection status from the Applicant’s LDC prior to January 1, 2015, will be subject to the new FIT/microFIT Price Schedule.
microFIT Version Change
On January 1, 2015, Version 3.2 of the microFIT Program comes into effect. This new version, and associated program documentation, will be branded to reflect the merger of the OPA and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). No other changes are being made to the microFIT Program at this time. All active applications that have not been set to Pending Connection status prior to January 1, 2015, will automatically be considered under Version 3.2.