Ontario’s Ministry of Energy (the Ministry) today announced the launch of the clean energy credit (CEC) registry (see our earlier bulletin on the CEC registry here). Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) will administer the CEC registry. It is intended to assist businesses to meet environmental and sustainability goals by demonstrating that their electricity has been sourced from clean resources, such as nuclear power, hydroelectric, wind, solar, and bioenergy.
The Ministry also announced that proceeds from the sale of CECs held by the IESO and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will be directed to Ontario’s newly established Future Clean Electricity Fund (the Fund). The Ministry noted that the sale of CECs will be used to reduce costs for electricity ratepayers and fund the construction of clean electricity projects in Ontario through the Fund. OPG is expected to immediately begin offering its CECs for sale, whereas IESO is expected to begin selling its CECs this summer.
CECs are electronic certificates used to demonstrate that clean energy has been acquired to meet a voluntary target. Each credit represents 1 MWh of clean energy that has been generated and is intended to be exclusively purchased and claimed (or retired) by a load customer within Ontario.
The IESO indicated that eligible generators and loads participating in the sale and purchase of CECs must register for the Ontario Program with Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS). The M-RETS registry platform enables the creation, transfer and retirement of CECs.
The IESO today launched a Request for Proposals to provide brokerage services for the sale of IESO-owned CECs and noted that it intends to make available 2.5 million CECs for sale throughout Ontario in each calendar year, starting in 2023.
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