Community Feed-in Tariff Program Review
The Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program was introduced in the 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan and officially launched in September 2011. Since then, more than 85 projects have been approved.
The program provides eligible groups an established price per kilowatt hour (kWh) for projects producing electricity from renewable resources such as wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and run-of-the-river hydroelectric developments. Eligible groups include municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, universities, community economic development funds and not-for-profit groups.
The COMFIT Review Report is available below, along with related materials.
News Release: Province Reviews COMFIT Program
Elements of the review included a review of the COMFIT directives, the administration of the program, and eligible technologies. The full list of items reviewed can be found to the left of your screen and will provide you with further in-depth information.
The review looked at administrative policies and procedures relating to the COMFIT Program. This includes the processing of COMFIT applications as well as assessing the future implications of the program.
Community support for COMFIT projects is an important aspect of the program. As communities come forward with concerns, it is important that a standard for community engagement is developed. The Department of Energy had developed a policy with regards to how communities should be engaged by COMFIT project proponents. The policy is now available.
In 2011, when the Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program began accepting applications, the province committed to its continued improvement. The department released a series of draft changes to directives for public input earlier this year. As a result of public feedback, those draft changes have been accepted and incorporated in the relevant directives and several additional amendments have been made. A summary of the changes can be found here. These changes will help ensure the program is meeting its objectives and is aligned with operational realities.
The department would like to thank everyone who provided feedback during the review process.
The department reviewed both the entities and technologies that are currently eligible for the COMFIT program. The results are included in the COMFIT Review Report.