microFIT Program

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microFIT Holiday Maintenance, New Price Schedule and Version Change

Holiday Maintenance of the My microFIT Home Page

The My microFIT Home Page will be undergoing the following maintenance from December 21, 2014, to January 4, 2015:

From December 21, 2014, to December 28, 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 29th, 2014, to January 4th, 2015 (inclusive), all functions of the My microFIT Home Page will be unavailable.

The My microFIT Home Page will be returned to full service on January 5, 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.
 

September 30, 2014: New FIT/microFIT Price Schedule Available

 
As required by the August 29, 2014 Minister’s direction, the OPA has posted an updated FIT/microFIT price schedule. View the new price schedule here.
 
The OPA is required to review the prices offered to generators under the FIT and microFIT programs on an annual basis to ensure both ratepayer value and a fair return on investment. The OPA thanks those who provided feedback during the recent price review.
 
For the microFIT Program, the new price schedule will be effective on January 1, 2015 and will apply to Application Approval Notices that are issued on or after January 1, 2015.
 
For the FIT Program, the new price schedule will be effective immediately and will apply to any FIT contracts that are offered after September 30, 2014, including FIT contracts offered through the extended FIT 3 procurement. The new price schedule will not apply to any FIT contracts offered pursuant to the July 30, 2014 Offer List.
 
The next price review will occur later in 2015 and will be effective on January 1, 2016.
 


August 29, 2014: Price Review and 2015 Procurement Target
 
On August 29, 2014, the Minister of Energy directed the OPA to conduct the price review for the FIT and microFIT programs. The OPA will begin the annual price review process immediately, starting with a stakeholder questionnaire, and post the new price schedule by September 30, 2014.  
 
The new price schedule will be effective January 1, 2015 for microFIT contracts and will not apply to microFIT contracts issued in 2014.
 
 
Unallocated microFIT Capacity
 
As also indicated in the Minister’s direction, any MWs remaining from the 2014 microFIT Procurement Target of 65.3 MW that is not allocated by December 31, 2014, will be added to the 2015 FIT Procurement Target. In 2015, the OPA will still award up to 50 MW under the microFIT Program.
 
The OPA posts a microFIT bi-weekly update that indicates progress toward the Procurement Target. It can be found at this link.
 
Any questions regarding the Minister’s direction should be sent to microFIT@powerauthority.on.ca.
 

 
August 25, 2014: Changes relating to domestic content requirements for microFIT
 
On July 25, 2014, the Minister of Energy directed the OPA to not include any domestic content requirements in any FIT or microFIT contracts offered or signed by the OPA after the date of the direction.

To comply, microFIT contracts offered after July 25, 2014, will not contain any domestic content requirements. This applies to all new microFIT applications as well as existing microFIT applications for which contracts were or will be issued after July 25, 2014, regardless of the version of the microFIT Rules in place at the time the microFIT application was submitted. 

MicroFIT contracts offered on or prior to July 25, 2014, do contain domestic content requirements, and these contract holders are still obligated to meet the terms of their contracts.

Please view the direction and the Frequently Asked Questions for more information relating to this change and how it may affect your microFIT application or microFIT contract.


July 4, 2014: Version 3.1 Rules and Contract

On July 4, 2014, the OPA made a minor update to the microFIT program rules and contract. Version 3.1 rules and contract will allow the OPA to disclose certain information, if necessary, including the details of the facility and location of the facility to other government ministries, agencies, institutions or organizations, for the purposes of promoting public health and safety and allowing emergency services personnel, as well as other public officials, to plan and respond properly in the event of an emergency.

No additional changes have been made from the version 3.0 rules and contract.

Applicants will be able to submit version 3.1 applications on Monday July 7, 2014.

As a reminder, applicants are subject to the rules in effect at the time they are issued an Application Approval Notice.

Please view the version 3.1 rules and review the Frequently Asked Questions related to this change. 


June 19, 2014: Program update
 
The OPA is resuming normal operations for the microFIT Program. This includes processing new applications, issuing Application Approval Notices and updating the status of applications as appropriate. Please allow a few weeks for a status update to be issued as the microFIT team works through the volume of applications received during the writ period.
 

April 10, 2014: Heartbleed bug

Note to users: All OPA websites have been reviewed and tested, and the OPA can assure users that these websites are not using, and have never installed, the version of OpenSSL software that is affected by the Heartbleed bug. 


January 6, 2014: 2014 microFIT Procurement Target is 65.3 MW

The total microFIT Procurement Target available for 2014 will be 65.3 MW. 

This incorporates the 2013 unused capacity of 15.3 MW, which is added to the 2014 procurement target of 50 MW. The OPA procured 14.7 MW of the 30-MW microFIT procurement target that was in place from August 28, 2013 to the end of 2013.

Information on progress made toward the procurement target and remaining megawatts available can be found in the microFIT bi-weekly reports.
 
The January 1, 2014 price schedule is now in effect. Applicants to the microFIT Program are reminded that their contract price will be based on the price schedule in effect at the time their Application Approval Notice is issued.
 
Please ensure that you regularly monitor your My microFIT Home Page for updates to your application status.