Priority Sequencing for Capacity Testing

The Minister of Energy has directed the OPA to continue or launch a suite of initiatives aimed at procuring new electricity supply resources or providing incentives for conservation behind-the-meter (BMG) generation. These initiatives -- either discrete procurement processes or ongoing programs -- all have one common element, in that they all require sufficient capacity on the electricity grid to be connected.

Capacity on the electricity grid is a limited resource for connecting new generation. Testing for available access to the distribution and transmission systems is an iterative process, and programs cannot be tested simultaneously.

Given the generation activity planned for 2014 and 2015, consideration has been given to the priority sequencing among programs for access to the transmission and distribution systems.

After consultation with the OPA, the Ministry of Energy has indicated its policy for access to the grid in the following general priority sequence: 

  1. Micro-scale (10 kW or smaller) projects -- conservation behind-the-meter generation (BMG) and renewable energy
  2. Conservation BMG waste energy recovery projects (WER)
  3. Conservation BMG combined heat and power projects (CCHP)
  4. Location-specific programs contracting with existing generating facilities, such as the HESOP Expansion Stream
  5. Energy storage
  6. Province-wide programs in sequential order based on timelines, including the Feed-in Tariff Program, the Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program and the Large Renewable Procurement.

The OPA does not divide and set aside the limited connection resources for each program on the grid. An exception to this is for the micro-scale projects. The OPA reserves one megawatt (MW) of capacity at each transformer station to reflect their priority.

The capacity allocation sequence, which indicates the testing sequence for each program, was established with the general program priority in mind. View the timelines for the programs*.

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* Updated Oct. 15, 2014, to revise FIT 2015 procurement target to 200 MW.