Government to buy 90 GWh of green power

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Canada's federal government is in the market for up to 90 GWh of green power for its facilities in Ontario. A request for proposals is expected from government this month, with a contract with the winning bidder signed by summer, says Ian Shaw for Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), the department handling the purchase. The 90 GWh represents about one-fifth of the federal government's power use in the province. The purchase is part of Ottawa's plan for meeting Canada's Kyoto commitment. It says it will buy enough green power to meet 20% of its electricity needs across the country. The emissions reductions credits it acquires from buying green power will be retired, explains Shaw. PWGSC sent a draft of the Ontario RFP to renewable energy generators in January for comment. Shaw says the government decided to deal directly with producers in deregulated markets like Ontario, rather than with retailers, because it is the generator who is actually reducing emissions. "We thought it made more sense to pay the person who owns the credits than have them pass through a middleman." In regulated markets, PWGSC will negotiate with the monopoly utilities. The federal government already buys green power in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island and is in discussions with utilities in several more provinces.

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