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Large Renewable Procurement

The Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) is a competitive process for procuring large renewable energy projects generally larger than 500 kilowatts.

The LRP is an important component of Ontario’s ongoing commitment to building a cleaner and more sustainable energy system, and represents a key step in the province’s 2025 target for renewable energy to comprise about half of Ontario's installed capacity. Targets for this first procurement include up to 300 MW of wind, 140 MW of solar, 50 MW of bioenergy and 75 MW of waterpower.

Please note that from this date forward all postings on the LRP will be posted here, and all previously posted information and material on the LRP is available on the legacy OPA website at powerauthority.on.ca/large-renewable-procurement.

Final LRP I RFP materials posted – March 10, 2015

Final materials for the first phase of the Large Renewable Procurement Request for Proposals (the LRP I RFP) are now available. The documents include: the final LRP I RFP document, the final LRP I Contract, an updated procurement schedule, new Prescribed Forms, backgrounder documents and FAQs. The IESO anticipates providing updates to the LRP Transmission Availability Tables (TAT Tables) in May. The LRP I RFP has been revised based on feedback received from stakeholders during the draft RFP comment period. A blackline of the changes (from draft to final) has also been posted.

The LRP I RFP is open only to Qualified Applicants who qualified through the Request for Qualifications phase of the procurement (the LRP I RFQ). The Proposal Submission period begins on March 10, 2015 and the Proposal Submission Deadline will be September 1, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Prevailing Time (EPT). There is a mandatory Registration Deadline of August 7, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EPT to submit a request to register as a Registered Proponent.

Other important dates are listed below and can be found in Section 2.2 of the LRP I RFP:

Release of final RFP and final contract March 10, 2015
Qualified Applicant group sessionMarch 24, 2015
Individual Information Sessions
(Qualified Applicants only)
March 24, 2015  at 1:00 p.m. (EPT) –
April 10, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (EPT)
Question and Comment Period begins
(Qualified Applicants and Registered Proponents)
May 4, 2015
Deadline for Issuing AddendaJuly 31, 2015
Registration Deadline August 7, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. (EPT)
Question and Comment Period endsAugust 14, 2015
Proposal Submission Deadline September 1, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. (EPT)
Evaluation of ProposalsSeptember 2, 2015 – November 2015

Completion of Evaluation and notification of
Selected Proponents (target date)

November – December 2015

More information about the
LRP I RFP is available on the Program Resources page

The LRP I RFP has been designed to strike a balance between early community engagement and achieving value for ratepayers. Large Renewable Projects proposed through this process must demonstrate site and resource due diligence as well engagement with the communities in which they are proposing to locate. Preference will also be given to projects that demonstrate additional community support and participation from Aboriginal Communities.

Interested parties should subscribe to the LRP subscriber list to ensure they receive updates.

Now that the LRP I RFP process has begun, all inquiries pertaining to the LRP must be emailed to LRP@ieso.ca. No other form of communication regarding the LRP I RFP will be accepted by the IESO prior to the Proposal Submission Deadline.

Past Activities - 2015

Date Activities Details     
Feb. 27, 2015Posting date of final LRP documents revised to March 10, 2015.
Feb. 13, 2015 A response to feedback from Qualified Applicants and an extension
of the supplementary network circuit screening process deadline.
View the update document
Feb. 4, 2015Posting date of final documents is extended to March 3, 2015, 
the RFP timetable is revised, changes to final documents
and supplementary network circuit information.
View the update document

Jan. 20 and 22

Webinar to discuss stakeholder feedback on the proposed 2015 microFIT and FIT enhancements, as well as on the draft Large Renewable Procurement Request for Proposals (LRP I RFP). View the Jan. 20 session archive
View the Jan. 22 session archive
View the webinar presentation
For previous LRP activities, visit the legacy OPA website at powerauthority.on.ca/large-renewable-procurement.

The LRP I Process

The first phase of the LRP (LRP I) consists of both a Request for Qualifications (LRP I RFQ) and a Request for Proposals (LRP I RFP) stage. During the LRP I RFQ stage 42 applicants were qualified based on their ability to meet a set of mandatory requirements focused on past development experience and financial capability.

Qualified Applicants will be able to submit project-specific proposals in response the RFP that detail location, capacity, and connection point, as well as evidence of meaningful community engagement.

Draft versions of the RFP, contract and Prescribed Forms were posted in November 2014. Final versions are now available in Program Resources.