Ontario Power Authority

Ontario Power Authority

October 25, 2005 12:52 ET

New Program Will Reduce Barriers For Small Electricity Generators

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 25, 2005) - The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is seeking opinions on how to reduce the barriers experienced by small, clean or renewable energy suppliers in getting into business in Ontario.

In August, the Minister of Energy asked the Ontario Power Authority and the Ontario Energy Board to collaborate on the development of a Standard Offer Program to make it easier for proponents of smaller projects to establish their projects. The joint report and recommendations will be presented to the Minister by the end of 2005.

To help solicit industry views on matters of pricing, eligibility and contract conditions, the OPA is preparing a discussion paper that will be distributed to relevant stakeholders on or about November 1, 2005. A Plenary Session is planned for November 16, 2005, followed by two days of individual stakeholder sessions.

While the OPA addresses pricing, eligibility and contract conditions, the Ontario Energy Board will focus on necessary changes to codes, connection requirements and ensuring non-discriminatory access to the electricity system.

The Terms of Reference and Application Form for the stakeholder consultation sessions are available on the Ontario Power Authority website- www.powerauthority.on.ca (see Retail Services/Renewables/Standard Offer Program). Stakeholders interested in participating are asked to complete the Application Form, returning it by FAX or email to 416-967-1947 or retail.services@powerauthority.on.ca no later than the close of business Friday, November 4, 2005.

The Ontario Power Authority is a statutory, not-for-profit corporation without-share capital. It is governed by an independent Board of Directors, reports to the legislature through the Minister of Energy, and is licensed and regulated by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). The responsibilities of the OPA span four areas: Conservation Bureau; Power System Planning; Generation Development; and Retail Services.

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