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Feedback on the IESO Resource Adequacy and Long-Term 2 RFP Engagement

The ORA is offering feedback on the 13 December 2023 Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) webinar. ORA strongly objects to new hydroelectric being included as a “non-emitting” resource, eligible for the Long Term 2 (LT2) Request For Proposals (RFP). Participants were informed of an overall need for 5 TWH of energy emerging at the end of the decade and growing through the 2030s. The LT2 RFP has an anticipated installed capacity target of around 2,000 MW of non-emitting energy resources to be procured and operational by 2030.  ORA questions the IESO’s rationale for applying the non-emitting label to hydroelectric when there are numerous independent third-party peer-reviewed studies, as well as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reporting guidelines. This immense volume of studies indicate that hydropower reservoirs generate significant and ongoing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, especially methane, for the full life cycle of the dam. It is misleading the public to claim that hydroelectric is “non-emitting” in the LT2 RFP or in any other public arenas and could be considered fraudulent.

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ORA Meeting with Minister Glenn Thibeault

The Ministry of Energy has included hydroelectric in its renewable energy mix, and the generous rates and peaking bonuses have encouraged a rash of new hydro facilities to be proposed, as well as upgrades and changes to operating strategies that allow facilities to hold water back from downstream flow in order to produce power during peak demand hours. Many power producers arbitrarily adjust their operating strategy by using seasonal operating bands to peak on a daily basis – without first conducting an environmental assessment to determine the potential impacts, or the sustainability of the operation.

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Xeneca to Valued Stakeholders

Wabagishik Rapids, Vermilion River – Photo by Aleta Karstad

Given your past interest in one or more of our projects we wish to advise that Xeneca Power Development is proceeding through a restructuring process brought about by significantly extended development timelines, increased regulatory requirements and exposure to rapidly escalating environmental, permitting, development and civil costs. Due to the above noted delays and costs that were not contemplated in Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) pricing and contract timelines, project economic viability has, in some cases, been driven into a negative position, and, as such, it is expected that some FIT contracts will be cancelled in order that those projects can be bid into Ontario’s upcoming Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) program.

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OPA Request for Feedback on the Large Renewable Procurement – Request for Proposals LRP | RFP Framework – ORA Submission

Frederick House River

Priority to Provincial/Public/Municipal Corporations

ORA is requesting that priority and preference be provided to Ontario Power Generation (OPG), and other public and municipal utilities, coops, and First Nation communities, over private corporations.

OPG is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Province of Ontario, and any surplus profits would go back into the provincial purse; whereas private corporations are primarily interested in maximizing profits, which is inevitably at the expense of public health and safety, biodiversity, and the environment. Public interests must take priority over private interests when approving all LRP proposals, and would provide the best value for Ontario ratepayers, while avoiding the privatization of Crown assets.

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ORA Feedback on the Draft Request for Qualifications on the New Large Renewable Procurement Process

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ORA would like to commend the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) on the extra efforts made to have an open, transparent and collaborative approach to involving the public in the development of the New Large Renewable Procurement Process. OPA staff have always been helpful, responsive and inclusive throughout the consultation process. Continue reading