Canada: New Clean Energy Programs in Ontario

Feb 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Canada, Environmental Management

The Ontario Power Authority is developing two new Clean Energy Standard Offer Programs, one for natural gas-fired combined heat and power (CHPSOP), the other for energy recovery (ERSOP) from by-products fuel and under utilized energy resources.

These programs potentially offer exciting opportunities for Ontario’s industries. Consultation will be carried out over the next couple of months.

“By-products fuel” includes by-products from industrial, manufacturing and commercial processes. “Under-utilized energy resources” include mechanical and thermal energy from such processes that would not otherwise be used as an energy source.

Neither eligible fuel source includes renewable fuel, municipal solid waste, fossil fuel, peat or peat-derived products, or hazardous waste.

Key Program Elements of the CHPSOP

  1. 20-year contract term
  2. Location eligibility requirements apply
  3. Distribution connected
  4. Did not generate electricity before August 18, 2005
  5. No prior contracts
  6. Not subject of an Impact Assessment submitted before execution of CHPSOP Contract, unless Impact Assessment was applied for before November 23, 2010
  7. Project prioritization based on Useful Heat Output guarantees (above minimum 15 percent)

 

Key Program Elements of the ERSOP

  1. 20-year contract term
  2. Location eligibility requirements apply
  3. Distribution connected
  4. Must use an Eligible Primary Energy Source for the production of Electricity and only supplement it with Eligible Supplementary Fuel
  5. Did not generate electricity before August 18, 2005
  6. Host facility must already be in existence

Additional Information

For detail of the programs and consultation please go to the OPA’s website at http://www.powerauthority.on.ca/clean-energy-standard-offer-program

About the Author

Paul Manning is the principal at Manning Environmental Lawand an Environmental Law Specialist, Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He holds an LLM in Environmental Law, obtained Law Society accreditation in England as an expert in Planning Law, and he holds a Certificate in Carbon Finance from the University of Toronto. Paul has more than 20 years experience as an environmental lawyer. During that time he has dealt with most areas of environmental law for a diverse range of clients.

Paul is on the Executive Committee of the National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and on the Environmental Sub-Committee of the Ontario Energy Association. He speaks and writes regularly on environmental issues.

Photograph: Passion Flower (Amaryllis #2) by Vladimir Fofanov, Moscow, Russia.

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