APPrO statement on the announcement of 3000 MW of further procurement

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For immediate release: October 28, 2005
 

OPA announcement good news but underscores seriousness of Ontario electricity supply problem, Power Producers Say

 

TORONTO, October 28, 2005 – The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) announcement that it will be procuring 1900 MW of additional generation in the GTA area as well as an additional 1000 MW of high efficiency combined heat and power projects across the province is good news, APPrO President Dave Butters said.


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 Ontario, including generators and suppliers of services, equipment and consulting services. APPrO members produce power from co-generation, hydro-electric, gas, coal, nuclear, wind energy, waste wood and other sources. APPrO's members currently produce over 95% of the electricity made in Ontario.

 

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For further information contact:

David Butters, President

Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO)
25 Adelaide St. E., Suite 1602, Toronto ON M5C 3A1
tel: (416) 322-6549 
fax: (416) 481-5785
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PO Box 1084, Stn. F, Toronto, Ont. M4Y 2T7
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