New developments and attractions are reviving downtown and adding to the tourism industry. Major employers are embracing the emerging electric and autonomous vehicle industries. The recent announcement by Stellantis and LG Energy Solutions to site their $5 billion lithium-ion battery production facility in Windsor presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and is the catalyst for further economic investments. These opportunities, coupled with population growth and electrification of our vehicles and homes, significantly increase demand for new energy supply west of Chatham.
City administration has taken the lead to fully understand the current and future state of energy requirements for the region, working closely with Power Advisory, who are actively engaging with the Ministry of Energy, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), Hydro One, ENWIN, and other market participants. On September 26, 2022, administration brought forward Council Report (S 161/2022) and an accompanying Power Advisory presentation outlining options to ensure an adequate power supply for existing and pending customers, and informing City Council of the IESO process.
City Council has confirmed Windsor to be a willing host for new energy development projects. These projects are important to the City, and we are working collectively with other regional municipalities, utilities and Invest WindsorEssex to support local development applications.
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) - Municipal Support Resolutions
The IESO has announced the list of Qualified Applicants for its Expedited Long Term 1 (E-LT1) and Long Term 1 (LT1) Procurement Request for Proposals (RFP). The E-LT1 application deadline closed in February 2023. In March 2023, the IESO launched its LT1 Requests for Proposals (RFP) Procurement. The LT1 process is now open for comment. The City of Windsor remains committed to assisting IESO Qualified Applicants to secure required municipal support for LT1.
The IESO provides updates on the LT1 RFP Timeline. For the current timeline, please refer to the IESO's web page for Long-Term Request for Proposals (RFP) and Expedited Process.
The IESO is currently scheduled to close its LT1 RFP to project submissions in December 2023.
City of Windsor Timeline
The City of Windsor is aligning our timelines to the IESO Timeline.
The Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change (ESCC) Department will develop Municipal Support Resolution reports for LT1 projects and submit to City Council for consideration. In order to provide resolutions in a timely fashion, proponents are requested to supply the following information to the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Department no later than October 20, 2023:
Name of long-term reliability project
Technology of the long-term reliability project
Maximum contract capacity of the long-term reliability project in Mega Watts (MW)
Legal description of the portion of the project site that is located on lands subject to the authority of one or more municipalities
Evidence of land use suitability check (provided by City of Windsor)
Community engagement details (i.e. public website, and notice of public meeting)
The following City Council meetings are available for administration to submit Municipal Support Resolution reports for Council consideration. In keeping with requirements for notice, all documentation is due to ESCC no later than five (5) weeks before Council meetings.
|September 18, 2023
||August 11, 2023|
|October 16, 2023
||September 1, 2023|
|October 30, 2023
||September 22, 2023|
|November 14, 2023
||October 6, 2023|
|November 27, 2023
||October 20, 2023|
Municipal leads have been assigned to assist you in navigating the City’s requirements. Administration strongly encourages applicants to contact us as soon as possible to ensure that requests for support align with our council meeting process and are achieved within the stipulated timeframe.