Ontario seeks proposals to develop Pic River sites

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources is calling for proposals to develop sites on the Pic River that are expected to total less than 10 MW. Proposals are due Jan. 28, 2008.

The province invites proposals for a reach of the Pic River encompassing Sandhill Falls (High Falls � 2BB02), White Otter Falls (Middle Falls – 2BB03), and Manitou Falls (2BB04). However, it said, White Otter Falls is not to be developed and developments at High Falls and Manitou Falls must not affect natural flows and levels at White Otter Falls.

The ministry said the solicitation is expected to provide opportunities for renewable energy development, encourage partnerships with local aboriginal communities, and help keep the government’s commitment to green power. (HNN 9/14/07) The solicitation does not identify potential capacities for the sites but states the opportunity represents less than 10 MW of capacity.

Proposals should identify the applicant’s ability to design, build, and finance the project, and to complete all federal, province, municipal, and environmental assessment requirements associated with project development. Following an evaluation of proposals, the government said it intends to name applicants of record to pursue development.

The solicitation is on the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Internet site, www.mnr.gov.on.ca/mnr/renewable/extranet.html, which is dedicated to the Waterpower Competitive Site Release process. Applicants will be required to register on line at that address for a username and password to the site.

Proposals, including plans for development, submitted in response to solicitation CRP-01-07 are due Jan. 28 to: Ministry of Natural Resources, Attention: Waterpower Site Release Coordinator, Lands and Waters Branch, Renewable Energy Section, 300 Water Street, 5th Floor South, Peterborough, ON K9J 8M5.

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