Ontario Power Authority

Ontario Power Authority

September 16, 2005 09:52 ET

Ontario Power Authority Begins Procurement

York Region Demand Response RFP First on the List Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 16, 2005) - The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will begin processes for procuring additional electricity resources for Ontario by the end of September, it was announced today.

OPA's first initiative will be a Request for Proposals (RFP) for 20 MW of innovative and aggressive demand response projects in the northern York Region. This procurement process relates to preliminary recommendations of the OPA, announced on September 9th , which addressed the need for conservation and electric generation in the northern York Region. This RFP will be the first phase of a province-wide 250 MW demand side management and/or demand response initiative. Additional RFPs for conservation, demand management and/or demand response programs elsewhere in Ontario, will be rolled out over the next few months.

OPA also announced today the commencement of two additional electricity procurement initiatives:

• Procurement of up to 1,000 MW of high efficiency Combined Heat and Power projects, also known as "Cogeneration" projects. A workshop will be held on September 28 for project proponents and other stakeholders interested in the development of cogeneration, district energy and Combined Heat and Power Projects. The workshop will take place at the Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel. (More information, including the registration form, will be posted to the www.ontarioelectricityrfp.ca website, in due course.)
• A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for 1000MW of electricity generation in the Greater Toronto Area, west of Toronto. This RFQ will be launched after consulting with the affected municipalities.

"We will be energizing the procurement processes fairly quickly," stated Paul Bradley, Vice-President of Generation Development at the OPA. "In July, we asked our stakeholders for their views on how to streamline the process. It was a very useful consultation and one that has given us momentum into what will be a very busy Fall."

"We certainly learned that communication is key," said Bradley. To kick-off its procurement initiatives, the OPA is planning a public conference call for all interested parties on Friday September 23rd at 10 am. "This is only the first of many open calls to discuss issues and questions about initiatives the OPA has been directed to execute." (Anyone interested in joining the conference call should visit www.ontarioelectricityrfp.ca for more information).

Stakeholders interested in these procurement initiatives can find information and documents posted on www.ontarioelectricityrfp.ca. To stay informed and receive regular updates of the latest activities and news, stakeholders may subscribe to the OPA's email news alert by registering at http://www.ontarioelectricityrfp.ca/register1.aspx.

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