Letters to OPA from the Ministry of Energy

These letters constitute official instruction from the Minister of Energy but are not considered Directives.
 

December 5, 2014
Treatment of Environmental Attributes under the 2015-2020 Conservation First Framework –  With respect to the Conservation First Framework Tool Kit and Energy Conservation Agreement (“ECA”), the Minister has requested that the OPA review the ECA and each Participant Agreement to remove all terms related to Environmental Attributes and their ownership.  The Minister believes that this change will allow for the relevant policy framework and market rules to determine treatment of Environmental Attributes resulting from Conservation and Demand Management programs once these rules have been established.
 

February 20, 2014
Energy Storage Procurement Framework – The Minister’s letter sent to the IESO and the OPA is in response to the Energy Storage Procurement Framework submitted jointly to him.  The Minister requests that the upper limit for the IESO-led Phase I procurement be raised to up to 35 MW, with the remainder of the 50 MW for the OPA-led Phase II.   The Minister said that both phases should aim to cover the broadest possible range of technologies and projects to support the goal of achieving a diversified portfolio of energy storage technologies.  The letter acknowledges the readiness for the Phase I RFP to be issued before the end of February and the commencement of the Phase II procurement as soon as possible.  The Minister said he intends to issue a directive to the OPA to enable the Phase II process, with the aim of ensuring a timely procurement with contracts awarded before the end of September 2014.
  

December 17, 2013
The 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan (“LTEP”) – The Chair of the OPA Board of Directors received a letter from the Minister to acknowledge the OPA’s contribution to the significant progress that has been made in building a reliable and clean energy system.  The Minister  stated his wish to ensure the OPA’s co-operation and commitment in implementing a number of initiatives identified in the 2013 LTEP.  The Minister’s letter listed a number of 2013 LTEP elements that the OPA will either lead or partner with the Ministry to achieve under the headings of Conservation First, Renewable Energy, Natural Gas/Combined Heat and Power, Rate Mitigation and Efficiencies, Enhanced Regional Planning, Transmission Enhancements, Transmission Enhancements:  Northwest Supply, Aboriginal Engagement, and Energy Innovation and Nuclear Refurbishment. 
  

June 25, 2013
Stakeholder Engagement – The Director and Chair of the OPA Board of Directors received a letter from the Minister directing the OPA to further enhance its stakeholder engagement strategy by developing a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (“SAC”) which could be structured similar to that of the Independent Electricity System Operator (“IESO”).  The Minister requests that the OPA Board of Directors give special consideration to the following essential principles and processes:

  • Increased transparency;
  • Balanced representation;
  • How recommendations are efficiently and effectively integrated into the decision making of the OPA;
  • OPA Board members are asked to attend the SAC sessions, as observers; and
  • At least five SAC meetings be held in each calendar year.

The Minister has asked for a detailed plan by the end of August 2013.


May 6, 2013
Large Energy Projects – Planning and Siting – The Minister wrote jointly to the OPA and the IESO in order to request that the organizations work together to develop recommendations for a new integrated regional energy planning process that would focus on improving how large energy infrastructure projects are sited in Ontario.  The Minister’s expectation  is that the OPA and the IESO will provide a joint report to him with recommendations by August 1, 2013.
 

August 17, 2011
Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Atikokan Generating Station (GS) conversion from coal to biomass – This is further to the Minister’s directive of August 26, 2010 in which the OPA was directed to negotiate an energy supply agreement with OPG for the output from the converted Atikokan GS.  The Minister now asks the OPA to finalize negotiations with OPG on the supply agreement as soon as possible.  The Minister said he is confident, after reviewing OPG’s conversion proposal, that it meets the requirements in terms of capacity and output as envisaged in the government’s Long Term Energy Plan, the Supply Mix Directive of February 17, 2011, and the August 26, 2010 directive.
 

February 3, 2011
Consent for Third Amending Agreement to the Bruce Power Refurbishment Implementation Agreement (“BPRIA”) – The OPA received a letter  from the Minister stating that the Ministry of Energy consents to the OPA entering into the Third Amending Agreement to the BPRIA. The letter indicates that the OPA consulted with and briefed Ministry of Energy staff regarding the details of the proposed amendments and notes the Minister’s understanding from the OPA that significant legal, financial and technical due diligence was performed with respect to the proposed amendments to the BPRIA.
 

January 28, 2011
Extension for FIT and microFIT contracts – Because of the positive response to the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program, a number of applicants have experienced project delays that could jeopardize their ability to bring their projects online in the time specified in their FIT Contract or their Conditional Offer of microFIT Contract. The Ontario Power Authority is to offer to extend the Milestone Date for Commercial Operation as provided for in existing FIT Contracts, and the expiry date for existing microFIT applications with conditional offers by a period of up to 365 days for interested applicants.

 
May 7, 2010
Since the September 2009 ministerial instruction to Hydro One to plan, develop and implement 20 major transmission projects in Ontario, there have been a number of developments, such as the favorable interest in the OPA’s Feed-in-Tariff program, and the Korean Consortium agreement to develop 2500 MW of renewable energy projects in Ontario.  The Minister writes to emphasize the need for continued co-ordination between the OPA and Hydro One and requires the OPA to submit an updated transmission expansion plan by June 11, 2010.  This plan is to provide recommendations for development sequencing of priority transmission projects, taking into account the needs of FIT and the Korean Consortium, and lay out an implementation approach that will ensure that key government commitments are met.

February 2, 2010
Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Proposed Hydroelectric Development on the Lower Mattagami River in Northeast Ontario - The Minister has reaffirmed the instructions outlined in the December 20, 2007 directive stating that with respect to the Lower Mattagami River project, the government continues to support the project and encourages the OPA to proceed to executing a financial supply agreement with OPG.
 

July 6, 2009
Contracts for the Refurbishment of Bruce A at the Bruce Nuclear Facility Generating Station – The Minister’s letter to the OPA states that the Ministry of Energy consents to the OPA entering into a Second Amending Agreement to the Bruce Power Refurbishment Implementation Agreement (“BPRIA”) dated October 17, 2005.  The letter confirms that the OPA briefed the Ministry of Energy  and Ministry of Finance staff regarding the details of the proposed amendments and notes the Minister’s understanding from the OPA that significant legal, financial and technical due diligence was performed with respect to the proposed amendments to the BPRIA.
 

August 28, 2007
Contracts for the Refurbishment of Bruce A at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station - Letter from the Ministry consenting to the OPA entering into the First Amending Agreement and to materially amend the Refurbishment Implementation Agreement, and to amend the STAR Agreement. The letter indicated that the OPA provided a Fairness Opinion from CIBC World Markets regarding the First Amending Agreement and that the OPA briefed MOE staff and OFA staff on the details of the proposed amendments; and also that significant legal, financial and technical due diligence was taken with the proposed amendments to both the Refurbishment Implementation Agreement and STAR Agreement.
 

March 27, 2006
Standard Offer Program - OPA to investigate economic and technical issues with connecting small waterpower projects to transmission systems in northern Ontario and provide recommendations to Minister.
 

August 18, 2005
Standard Offer Program - Develop in co-operation with the OEB the terms and conditions for a standard offer program for small generators embedded in the distribution system that use clean or renewable resources.
 

May 2, 2005

Supply Mix - commencement of long-term planning exercise and request for recommendation on supply mix. Minister requesting a report by December 1, 2005 to include amongst other things, conservation targets for 2015, 2020 and 2025; recommendations re adds of new renewable energy capacity by 2015, 2020 and 2025.
 

March 1, 2005 
York Region - request to help identify and assess possible solutions to address local reliability issues.