microFIT Program

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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. en français »

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.

Both organizations are working to ensure the transition to the IESO is as seamless as possible. All OPA email addresses will transition from the @powerauthority.on.ca extension to the @ieso.ca extension on January 1, however during a transition period all emails sent to @powerauthority.on.ca will automatically be redirected to the new email address. Phone numbers will remain the same. We thank you for your patience as we update our website to reflect the new organization.

December 22, 2014 Update: Extended microFIT Holiday Maintenance, New Price Schedule and Version Change
Extended microFIT Holiday Maintenance
The My microFIT Home Page will be undergoing the following maintenance from December 21, 2014, to January 5, 2015 (inclusive):
  • From December 21 to December 27, 2014 (inclusive), microFIT Application submission functionality will be unavailable. Applicants will be able to access their My microFIT Home Page but will not be able to create or submit applications. During this period, the OPA will continue to issue Application Approval Notices, offer Contracts, and process Contract Assignments.
  • From December 28 to January 5, 2014 (inclusive), all functions of the My microFIT Home Page will be unavailable.
The My microFIT Home Page will return to full functionality on January 6, 2015.

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.

December 1, 2014: microFIT Program Enhancements Being Considered for 2015
On August 29, 2014, the Minister of Energy directed the OPA  to conduct focused stakeholder engagement, in consultation with the Ministry of Energy, to inform potential changes to the microFIT Program for implementation in 2015. As a framework for this engagement process, the OPA has posted a discussion paper that outlines proposed enhancements to the microFIT Program that are being considered. A similar document outlining proposed FIT enhancements has also been posted to the FIT website
Interested parties may submit comments by email to microFIT@powerauthority.on.ca by January 23, 2015.
A webinar to discuss both the microFIT 2015 Discussion Paper and the FIT 2015 Discussion Paper was held on December 11, 2014, to provide an overview of the proposed changes, answer stakeholder questions and collect feedback. 
Listen to an archive of the session: www.meetview.com/opa20141211/.
Over the past three years since the Ontario government launched the microFIT and FIT two-year review, the OPA and the Ministry of Energy have received feedback on aspects of the program that are working well and on other aspects that could be improved upon. Feedback on all program aspects, whether noted in the microFIT 2015 Discussion Paper or otherwise, is encouraged and will be considered as the OPA develops the microFIT Rules, Contract and other associated documents for use in 2015.
Interested parties should subscribe to the microFIT subscriber list to ensure they are kept aware of any updates relating to the microFIT Program. Subscribers will be notified of any additional engagement activities on the microFIT 2015 Discussion Paper which may be facilitated in early 2015.
We look forward to receiving your feedback.