Government of Ontario suspends LRP II from CanSIA

On September 27th, the Government of Ontario announced the immediate suspension of the second round of the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP II).  For the solar industry in Ontario this means that 250 MW of utility scale solar projects will not be procured in 2018 as was previously planned.  The Government has also communicated, however, that this decision will not affect ongoing FIT and microFIT procurements.  

John Gorman, President and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) released this statement following the announcement:

"CanSIA is disappointed with the Government of Ontario's decision to suspend the LRP II procurement as it represents a significant back-step from previously committed renewables procurement in the Province that we believe will be required to deal with supply and GHG emission risks, such as delayed nuclear refurbishment schedules, un-met conservation targets, or increased demand as a result of electrification to meet the province's climate change targets. Cancelling or delaying the procurement of renewable electricity could leave Ontario unprepared to effectively deal with these risks cost-effectively and without increasing electricity sector GHG emissions.  CanSIA remains hopeful that the upcoming Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) process will provide further opportunities for the industry. Both the Ministers of Energy and Environment and Climate Change have received mandate letters which include a strong focus for reducing electricity sector GHG emissions even under high electrification scenarios, encouraging the growth of renewables, and making Ontario one of the most cost effective North American jurisdictions for installing solar panels. Through the LTEP CanSIA will be advocating for the Ministry of Energy to adopt policies that encourage greater consumer choice in the adoption of energy solutions to meet communities' power needs and GHG reduction targets."

CanSIA will continue to inform members of new information and new developments as they arise. CanSIA remains hopeful that the upcoming Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) consultation process will provide opportunities for all renewables, including large-scale solar. Participate in CanSIA's LRP II Forum to be a part of the on-going discussion and if you have questions or comments please contact, Ben Weir, CanSIA's Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs