More than 15 GW lined up in Ontario

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A survey of renewable energy developers in Ontario shows more than 15 GW of new renewables capacity in planning or development, most of it from wind. The Ontario Power Authority, seeking information on how much green supply may be on the way, received responses from 150 developers with 381 projects. Most are in the southern part of the province, but about a third of the capacity is split between central and northern Ontario. "This level of interest highlights the significant need for new transmission and distribution infrastructure investments to bring potential new supply onto the grid," says the agency. It is responsible for carrying out the government's decision to introduce fixed power purchase prices for large as well as small green power generation and for creating a long term plan for Ontario's transmission system. Ontario's project pipeline includes 164 wind projects with a combined capacity of 13,382 MW, 121 solar projects for 1213 MW and 58 waterpower and 38 bio-energy projects for 533 MW. The survey results do not include 438 renewable energy projects, with a combined capacity of 1412 MW, awarded contracts under Ontario's renewable energy standard offer program, which offered a fixed price to facilities less than 10 MW in size. It will be replaced by the new fixed price program.

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