Overwhelming response to Ontario government's request for 1000 MW

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Wind power projects dominate the 22 bids received in what Ontario energy minister Dwight Duncan calls an "overwhelming response" to the provincial government's recent call for 1000 MW of renewable energy. "The interest expressed by Ontario's electricity producers shows just how much potential this province has for renewable energy projects and will allow us to choose the most viable, cost-effective projects for Ontario's electricity consumers," says Duncan. The bids, for projects 20-200 MW in size, have a combined capacity of 2029 MW. "The bulk of the bids are wind, but we aren't in a position where we'll break it down," says energy ministry spokesman Ted Gruetzer. A team made up of officials from the provincial government, the Ontario Energy Board, and the Independent Electricity System Operator is now reviewing the proposals. Successful projects could be announced by the end of the year. The Ontario government's request for proposals (RFP) is the province's second seeking renewables. Wind projects made up 90% of the 395 MW selected in December. A third RFP has also been issued for 200 MW from project less than 20 MW in size.

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