Under its program of standard offer power purchase contracts for small scale renewable energy development, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has selected 20 wind power projects totalling nearly 168 MW of capacity during the first quarter of 2007. The wind contracts represent more than half the 36 renewables projects selected during the program's first three months of operation, and about 70% of the total 238 MW of power. The OPA is currently reviewing another 89 applications. All of the contracted projects are expected to be in service by 2010. "The standard offer program is transforming the way we generate electricity in Ontario," says Energy Minister Dwight Duncan. "This program is giving Ontarians the opportunity to help strengthen our energy system and clean up our air." The program offers a fixed price tariff of C$0.11/kWh for electricity generated by small renewable energy projects of up to 10 MW in size connected to the distribution grid, except for solar PV, which gets C$0.42/kWh. In addition to the new wind power, nine PV projects totalling just over 40 MW, four small hydro facilities with a combined capacity of 20.63 MW and three bio-energy projects totalling 10.25 MW have been awarded contracts.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol