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Ontario to launch 600MW tender

CANADA: Ontario will launch a new competitive tender for up to 600MW of wind on 1 August, double the amount it had originally planned to buy.

The Ontario goverment will issue a tender for 600MW of new wind this summer
The Ontario goverment will issue a tender for 600MW of new wind this summer

The province's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) will issue a request for qualifications for the new supply, plus another 330MW of solar, small hydro and bioenergy, by 1 August. It expects to select winners by May 2018.

The new purchase plans come just weeks after the Canadian province awarded contracts in its first competitive procurement since ending its feed-in tariff (FIT) programme.

The IESO announced it would buy wind energy from five projects at an average cost of C$0.0859/kWh (US$0.06541/kWh)

The Ontario government expects to save C$3.3 billion by replacing the FIT with a competitive process, energy minister Bob Chiarelli said in a speech to CANWEA's annual spring forum, currently taking place in Quebec.

"The price for wind power is now on a level playing field with other forms of generation in Ontario, and is for the first time below the average cost of electricity production in our province," he said.

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