IESO announces new wind power contracts despite community opposition

Ontario says local support "was a factor"--still can't say no
Ontario says local support “was a factor”–still can’t say no

Communities are Unwilling Hosts, and had asked the province not to issue new wind power contracts
IESO March 10, 2016
LRP I Contracts Offered – March 10, 2016
The IESO has completed its evaluation of the 103 proposals received in response to the LRP I RFP and has offered 16 LRP I contracts to successful proponents.
The 16 contracts offered represent 454.885 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy capacity. This capacity contributes to the achievement of the province’s renewable energy targets. The results include:

  • 5 wind contracts totalling 299.5 MW, with a weighted average price of $85.94/MWh and an approximate weighted price range of $64.50 to $105.50/MWh;
  • 7 solar contracts totalling 139.885 MW, with a weighted average price of $156.67/MWh and an approximate weighted price range of $141.50 to $178.50/MWh; and
  • 4 hydroelectric contracts totalling 15.5 MW, with a weighted average price of $175.92/MWh and an approximate weighted price range of $173.50 to $177.00/MWh

Of these, 13 projects (336.8 MW) include participation from one or more Aboriginal communities, including five with more than 50 percent Aboriginal participation. Additionally, more than 75 percent of the successful proposals had received support from local municipalities, and more than 60 percent had support from abutting landowners.
The full list of contract offers, including project location, fuel type, contract capacity and contact information, see the LRP I RFP Selected Proponents List.
The development and design of the program’s requirements, including those for community and municipal engagement, were informed by broad engagement with municipalities, Aboriginal communities, industry associations, the general public and other stakeholders. The LRP program requirements were designed to strike a balance between early community engagement and achieving value for ratepayers. Local support – from the municipality, local First Nation community and/or from landowners adjacent to the project – was a factor in project evaluation.
View the RFP Fairness Advisor letter.

What's your reaction?


  • sue muller
    Posted March 10, 2016 12:46 pm 0Likes

    I find it hard to believe there was community support unless that means they had enough farmers to sign up. If it was like all the other consultations it was a sham process.

    • Wind Concerns Ontario
      Posted March 10, 2016 5:32 pm 0Likes

      The only community supporting was Chatham-Kent: the others were unwilling hosts and/or had passed the Wainfleet Resolution.

  • Barbara
    Posted March 10, 2016 1:42 pm 0Likes

    Concord Monitor, New Hampshire, Jan.8, 2016
    “About one third of Vermont’s entire electricity usage comes from Quebec”
    This article has more information on the transmission projects that will bring power from Hydro-Quebec to New England.
    Ontario does not need anymore power projects unless the generated power is to be exported when the transmission infrastructure is in place.

  • Theresa
    Posted March 10, 2016 6:38 pm 0Likes

    Just who is our government working for?
    It certainly is not for the people of Ontario; yet they continue to squander/steal our tax dollars. These crooks need to have their sorry asses kicked to the curb TODAY. They must be held accountable for their crimes committed.
    Communities do NOT want iwts. LAY OFF

  • Grant Church
    Posted March 10, 2016 7:43 pm 0Likes

    Why are they contracting for more wind power when they know it’s out of sync with demand? On March 9, about 30,512 MW of wind power was constrained, paid to sit idle. This is only an approximation taken by looking at the the difference between the Forecast and Output numbers in the generator reports at the IESO. It could of cost nearly $4 million if they’re paid the full contract price to sit idle.

    • Barbara
      Posted March 10, 2016 7:59 pm 0Likes

      Renewable energy projects such as wind and solar are being built before the HV transmission lines are in place to export power to the U.S.
      Transmission through Quebec is possible if HV lines a installed.
      Another possibility is to replace nuclear power but there is much more money to be made supplying the U.S. with power.
      Google: “New England’s Power Shortage Gets Worse”, Pub. Oct.16, 2015.
      So far don’t have a direct link to this article @
      What’s the need for the Nanticoke Lake Erie HVDC if not to supply the U.S. with power?

  • Barbara
    Posted March 10, 2016 10:20 pm 0Likes

    Hydro Quebec
    Example from their web page
    Average Generation price is 2.01 cents/kWh
    Average Export price is 6.00 cents/kWh
    Transmission & distribution costs paid for by American utilities.
    Boston Consumers paid 30.03 cents/kWh
    Money is made delivering Hydro Quebec power to Boston besides what Hydro Quebec makes selling the electricity.

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