June 14, 2010

Third Anniversary of OPA Inaction on the Duncan Directive

On June 14, 2007 in the Ballroom of the Hilton Toronto, Ontario’s then Minister of Energy Dwight Duncan announced that he was directing the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to establish a standard offer program for natural gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) projects.

CHP plants use natural gas that is currently used just for heating to simultaneously produce both heat and electricity.

According to Minister Duncan, the CHP standard offer program “will encourage greater use of clean sources of energy to generate electricity in Ontario. It will remove obstacles for smaller clean-source generating projects (10 megawatts or less) by providing a simplified process and stable pricing over a 20-year contract. This program will further encourage distributed generation in Ontario, and that means reduced emissions, increased reliability, reduced peak demand and reduced transmission losses in our electricity system.”

According to Minister Duncan, the objective was to have the standard offer program in place by the fall of 2007. However, on the 3rd anniversary of the Duncan Directive we are still waiting for the OPA to implement it.

Please contact Ontario’s new Minister of Energy, Brad Duguid, and ask him to give the OPA a kick in the pants – that is, to get moving on the CHP standard offer program.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you.

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246


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P.S.  Interested in volunteering for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance?  Please contact me at Angela@cleanairalliance.org.