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FIT program under review

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Ontario is moving forward with its commitment to review its clean energy Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program.

When the program launched in 2009, it included a commitment to review FIT every two years.

This commitment also was included in the province’s Long-Term Energy Plan, released last November.

The review will consider a range of issues, such as:

•FIT price reduction;

•ensuring the long-term sustainability of clean energy procurement;

•continuing to build on the success of Ontario-based manufacturing and clean energy job creation;

•consideration of new technologies and fuel sources; and

•local consultations and the renewable approval process (REA).

As a result of this review, new prices for FIT contracts will be carefully developed to balance the interests of ratepayers with the need to encourage investments in new clean energy in Ontario.

Going forward, all future clean energy contracts will be subject to the new price schedule.

The province’s FIT program was launched in 2009 and has helped make Ontario a clean energy leader.

It has made it easier and more efficient to bring renewable energy projects of all sizes online, stimulate the economy, and create jobs.

Ontarians can provide feedback by answering an online survey or making a written submission at Ontario.ca/FITreview until Dec. 14.

“The response to our microFIT and FIT programs has been tremendous, with thousands of Ontarians participating in our clean energy economy,” noted Energy minister Chris Bentley.

“This review is part of our plan to transform our electricity system and ensure a sustainable clean energy program.

“Our efforts are working—attracting investment, creating thousands of jobs, and building a better future for our children and grandchildren,” he stressed.

Deputy minister Fareed Amin has been appointed to lead the review.

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