Energy Recovery Standard Offer Program (Ontario, Canada)

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EZFeed Policy

Place Ontario

Applies to Utility Ontario Power Authority

Name Energy Recovery Standard Offer Program (Ontario, Canada)
Policy Category Financial Incentive
Policy Type Performance-Based Incentive
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas
Active Policy No

Implementing Sector Utility

Eligible System Size Up to 20 MW

Start Date 2011

Program Administrator Ontario Power Authority
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Ontario Power Authority developed the Energy Recovery Standard Offer Program (ERSOP) to support efficient generation of electricity from recovery of otherwise wasted energy sources, such as un-utilized by-products that can be used as fuels. The goal of the ERSOP Program is to facilitate increased development of Energy Recovery Facilities up to a maximum capacity of 20 MW, connected to a Distribution System, and in an area where such generation can be effectively accommodated. Projects suitable for the ERSOP Program include energy recovery from pressure reduction facilities, energy recovery from hot exhaust streams (other than from electricity generating facilities), and energy recovery from otherwise flared process by-products.

The program allocated 50 MW of capacity for the launch of the program in 2011. The program is on hold as of September 2011 as the OPA as determines the potential remaining capacity for the program for the launch period of the program. The program, in combination with the complimentary Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program that applies to natural gas electrical generating facilities that are combined with heat generation, are initially limited to a total combined program capacity of 200 MW. Individual projects are capped at 20 MW.

The Contract Price for the program is $90.00/MWh. Each year following commercial operation of a facility, 30% of the Contract Price shall be escalated on the basis of increases in the consumer price index.

Policy Contact

Department Ontario Power Authority
Division Energy Recovery Standard Offer Program