The Ontario government has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for 300 MW of renewable energy capacity. Interested developers had until May 25 to signal their interest in participating in a formal request for proposals (RFP) to be released a week later. Winning bids will be announced in November, with projects expected to come online by the end of 2007. Eligible resources include wind, solar, biomass, bio-oil, biogas, landfill gas and water. To "encourage multiple successful proponents" the province is limiting project size to 100 MW. Energy Minister Dwight Duncan says the call is a "significant and historic first step," adding: "We are sending a clear signal that we want participants in the market interested in clean, renewable electricity to come to the table to help us meet our supply needs." The province has already announced what it calls "medium term goals" requiring 5% of all generating capacity, about 1350 MW, to come from renewables by 2007 and 10% by 2010. It plans to introduce legislation this month to reform the electricity sector, including a requirement that the energy ministry continue to set targets for conservation and the use of renewables in the province. A new independent body called the Ontario Power Authority will be responsible for achieving the targets and including them in its overall system planning.
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