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Ontario Power Authority 2010 Annual Report

by NationTalk on April 4, 2011630 Views

Thu, 03/31/2011

The 2010 Annual Report provides an overview of the OPA’s activities and accomplishments in 2010. Following are the highlights:

Conservation

• Designed province-wide conservation and energy-efficiency programs for the 2011-14 period in collaboration with local distribution companies.

• Launched an important new initiative for energy-efficiency improvements in large transmission-connected industrial facilities.• The OPA’s 2009 conservation portfolio achieved nearly 630 gigawatt-hours of energy savings and 675 megawatts of peak demand savings, including savings associated with energy-efficiency measures and contracted capacity from demand-response initiatives.

Electricity generation

• The total capacity under contract increased by more than 35 percent from 2009, representing an additional 4,700 megawatts, and the investment in the province’s electricity sector increased by more than 76 percent, or $11.7 billion. As of December 31, 2010, the OPA had over 18,100 megawatts of electricity supply capacity under contract, including more than 7,200 megawatts of renewable energy, and was managing more than 3,900 contracts. This represents about $27 billion of new investment in Ontario’s electricity sector since 2005.

• Managed and optimized the FIT and microFIT programs to encourage the development of renewable energy in Ontario, including development of tests for FIT transmission connection to identify transmission availability. By December 31, 2010, the OPA had executed over 1,200 FIT contracts for close to 2,600 megawatts of renewable energy – enough electricity each year to power more than 600,000 homes – and more than 2,500 microFIT projects for nearly 20 megawatts of renewable energy. It had received over 24,000 microFIT applications for nearly 220 megawatts of renewable energy, and had issued 18,370 conditional offers for 167 megawatts. Together, the FIT and microFIT contracts represent more than $9 billion of capital investment in Ontario’s electricity system.

• Executed a contract with Ontario Power Generation to expand the capacity of its Lower Mattagami River hydroelectric generating stations – the largest hydroelectric project in four decades in Northern Ontario – as well as 36 contracts with owners and operators of existing hydroelectric facilities in over 40 communities for 1,049 megawatts.

• Two key natural gas-fired facilities previously contracted by the OPA came into service – the 236-megawatt Thorold cogeneration plant and the 642-megawatt Halton Hills combined cycle power plant.

Power system planning

• Advised the government on its Long-Term Energy Plan to facilitate the development of a cost-effective, reliable and sustainable electricity system while integrating conservation and renewable generation, and began preparing for the updated Integrated Power System Plan.

• Supported the development and implementation of integrated regional plans, including the development of electricity service options for remote communities, and worked to integrate renewable energy projects into Ontario’s transmission system.

Aboriginal and stakeholder engagement

• Increased public understanding of the electricity sector by engaging in consultation with First Nation and Métis communities, customers, industry partners and stakeholders on elements of planning, conservation, renewable and clean energy and other key organizational initiatives.

• Designed and implemented renewable energy support programs for First Nation and Métis communities to reduce barriers and facilitate their involvement in renewable energy projects. In 2010, 15 First Nation projects in 11 communities received funding.

• Designed and implemented renewable energy support programs for communities to reduce barriers and facilitate their involvement in renewable energy projects. In 2010, 41 projects in 37 communities were awarded community grants.

Operational efficiency

• Delivered on a significantly expanded mandate, including increased megawatts of electricity under contract, reflecting billions of dollars of investment in the sector and increased conservation savings. This was accomplished while reducing operating expenses to three percent of overall spending, including generation and conservation programs.

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