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EDF and RES among Ontario bidders

CANADA: Ontario's first competitive renewable energy procurement since cancelling its feed-in tariff programme for large-scale projects in 2013 attracted bids from a strong lineup of leading international and Canadian wind energy developers.

The 198MW Wolfe Island wind farm in Ontario (pic:santryl@en.wikipedia)
The 198MW Wolfe Island wind farm in Ontario (pic:santryl@en.wikipedia)

Twenty-five wind projects totalling 2.03GW were among the 103 proposals submitted to the Ontario Independent Electric System Operator (IESO) by the 1 September deadline.

Fourteen companies submitted wind bids, with major players like EDF-EN Canada, Nextera, RES Canada, Invenergy and Suncor, also proposing multiple solar projects. EDP Renewables, GDF Suez, and Samsung C&T Corporation were among the developers focused exclusively on wind energy.

Ontario's wind sector is anticipating a highly competitive tender process, with the total capacity of the project proposals nearly seven times the 300MW the IESO is looking to buy.

The province is also seeking 140MW of solar, 50MW of bioenergy and 75MW of hydropower, and plans to announce the winners by the end of 2015.

The IESO expects to launch a second competitive renewable energy procurement in 2016, which will also target 300MW of wind.

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