Ontario's power producers are praising the government of Ontario and the minister of energy and infrastructure on the announcement of the initial uptake for the new feed-in-tariff (FIT) program.
Dave Butters, president of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO) says the new rule allows a level playing field for power producers and will result in creating jobs in 2010 and 2011.
He added that the number of applications and amount of new renewable generation capacity (about 8,000 MW) was a surprise, noting that it translates into about 3 MWs of potential generation for every megawatt of connection capacity available.
‘Our members have invested billions of dollars into the Ontario electricity sector, they intend to invest billions more and they all believe strongly in transparent, open procurement processes,’ says Butters.
Butters also notes this successful launch underscored the argument APPrO and other energy associations have been making that the FIT has the potential to be a success on its own.