APPrO statement on the announcement of 3000 MW of further procurement
For immediate release: October 28, 2005
OPA announcement good news but underscores seriousness of Ontario electricity supply problem, Power Producers Say
However, the scale of this announcement, coming on the heels of several others, underscores just how serious the need for new supply is in Ontario,” Butters said. He noted that APPrO had expressed its concern that an earlier RFP process to address the need for additional capacity in the GTA had not achieved the required results despite a locational incentive and that a simpler and more expeditious process to find a solution needed to be initiated.
"During the OPA's stakeholder consultations on procurement this summer APPrO identified a number of improvements that could be implemented to improve future procurement processes and achieve better results. We anticipate that many of them will be reflected in the OPA's RFQ and RFP documents to be released next month,” he said.
Butters added however that an RFP process isn’t
necessarily the best solution for every procurement situation. “We've
argued that bilateral negotiations where time, location, lack of
competition or other issues or considerations remove the benefit of an
RFP may be more effective, and that the OPA should have the flexibility
to proceed along these lines from time to time,” he said.
He also noted that governments at all levels need to work on streamlined approval processes and better communication to the public on the importance of contracted generation projects in achieving Ontario’s critical electricity supply objectives. “These issues threaten our ability to deliver clean new energy when we need it, where we need it, and at a price we can afford –clearly this is unacceptable,” he said.
The Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO) is a non-profit organization representing more than 100 companies involved in the generation of electricity in
For further information contact:
David Butters, President
Association of Power
of Ontario (APPrO)
fax: (416) 481-5785
Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)
PO Box 1084, Stn. F, Toronto, Ont. M4Y 2T7
tel.: 416-322-6549 fax 416-481-5785
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Last update: October 28, 2005