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The Ontario government last week cancelled its Large Renewable Procurement (LRP II) process and the Energy-from-Waste Standard Offer program, as a way to address increasing criticism over the rising cost of electricity for families and businesses throughout the province.

The OWMA is meeting with the government to determine what other programs will be available to support alternative energy generation and the reduction of methane emissions from landfills in light of this change in policy direction. 

The Ontario Energy Minister’s decision, outlined in a letter to the IESO, stops the procurement of more than 1,000 megawatts of solar, wind, hydroelectric, energy-from-waste and bioenergy projects, including landfill-gas-capture. 

This move, according to the government’s news release, will save the province’s electricity system as much as $3.8 billion in new costs and Ontarians $2.45 a month on their electricity bills.

The OWMA is meeting with the government to determine what other programs will be available to support alternative energy generation and the reduction of methane emissions from landfills.

As a next step, the government plans to launch consultations this fall on the development of a new Long-Term Energy Plan, which will be released sometime in 2017. According to the government, “Ontario’s new LTEP will be guided by a number of strategic themes including greenhouse gas reductions, innovation, grid modernization, conservation and energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed energy and continued focus on energy affordability for homes and businesses.”