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The principals of ORTECH have been engaged in the power consulting business since 1999 both as developers and consultants.  A distinguishing feature of ORTECH is that it is one of the few power and renewable energy consultants in Ontario that provides both financial and technical advice.  ORTECH has extensive experience with small hydro, onshore wind, energy storage and all categories of solar.  

ORTECH is very familiar with key aspects of Ontario’s electricity market, including the following:

  • Market Participant application process and administrative requirements,
  • Transmission System Code / connection agreements,
  • Distribution System Code / connection agreements,
  • Interactions with MSP companies,
  • Various Non-Utility Generators (“NUG”) contract formats,
  • Various DCR and TMC calculations and adjustment procedures,
  • Levelization account formulas,
  • Complexity of making NUG contracts work within deregulated market rules.

From a renewable energy point of view, ORTECH has much experience in the Ontario electricity market.  ORTECH has assisted many renewable energy developers and traditional/non-traditional energy developers with various OPA RFPs, FIT or NUG contracts. 

·         Electricity procurement programs including:

  • RES RFP 1,
  • RES RFP 2,
  • RESOP,
  • RES RFP 3,
  • LRP 1 and 2, and
  • FIT 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0

ORTECH provided cost analysis to the Ministry of Finance, through FTI, regarding an international trade dispute. ORTECH’s role was to review the pricing at two periods and comment on the appropriateness of those pricing levels for FIT contracts.

Current Agency Experience:  During the latest round of renewable energy procurement termed “Large Renewable Procurement 1 (LRP1)”, applicants were required to submit a Site Consideration Form including independent engineer sign off.  ORTECH supported numerous LRP1 applications and developed best practices for preparing or reviewing these forms.  This required a deep understanding of various ministries that would also be involved in a REA.  Some of ORTECH’s more recent agency experience is highlighted in the following:

SunEdison:  Completed the natural heritage, archeological and cultural heritage assessments for three (3) projects submitting bids into the LRP1 process.

Conergy Energy:  Completed the natural heritage, archeological and cultural heritage assessments for three (3) projects submitting bids into the LRP1 process.

5 Other LRP1 Applicants:  As an Independent Engineer, ORTECH reviewed the Site Consideration Form in support of the LRP1 submission process to certify the natural heritage, archeological and cultural heritage assessments for twenty-three (23) projects where completed correctly.  ORTECH’s clients included EDPR NA, PowerStream, EDF Suez, NextEra Energy, and one other confidential client.

 

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