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  • January
    19
    2017

    Partnership with Infrastructure Ontario

    Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the IESO have struck a strategic, five-year partnership to test innovative processes, technologies and program delivery models to accelerate the adoption of conservation and demand management (CDM) solutions by Ontario’s broader public sector.

    Through this agreement under the Conservation Fund, the IESO will support the testing of new CDM projects across IO’s diverse portfolio. IO’s portfolio features approximately 4,000 buildings and structures across the province that support a wide-range of ministry programs. This includes multi-ministry office buildings, courthouses and correctional facilities. 

    Selected projects will focus on areas including energy efficiency, operational performance and opportunities to work toward “net zero” buildings, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.

    More information can be found here.


  • January
    19
    2017

    Agenda available for the February 1 Stakeholder Advisory Committee

    The agenda for the February 1 Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting is now available on the SAC webpage. Meeting materials will follow shortly. Agenda items include updates on a number of current business initiatives at the IESO, along with a roundtable discussion on the priorities for Ontario’s electricity sector to be considered in the IESO’s 2018-2020 business planning process. Additionally, SAC members and other stakeholders will be invited to provide input on the Market Renewal engagement initiative. The IESO is also pleased to welcome Alexander Wood, Executive Director, Ontario Climate Change Directorate. Mr. Wood will speak about Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan.

    The meeting is being held in downtown Toronto from 9:30 am (registration opens at 9:00 am) to approximately 1:30 pm. To register, send an email to engagement@ieso.ca indicating whether you would like to attend in person or participate in the discussion via teleconference.

    For more information, or to contact SAC members, visit the SAC webpage.


  • January
    19
    2017

    Upcoming York Region Local Advisory Committee meeting

    The next meeting of the York Region LAC will be on January 24.  This meeting is open to the public.  Further information, including the meeting agenda and materials, is posted to the IESO website on the York Region - Regional and Community Engagement page.

  • January
    19
    2017

    Industrial Conservation Initiative update

    Regulation changes to the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) came into effect January 1, 2017, which include:

    • Lowering the average monthly peak demand: all customers with an average minimum monthly peak demand of 1MW or higher are eligible to participate
    • Removal of North American Industry Classification System code restrictions: all customer types that meet the average monthly peak demand requirement are eligible to participate

    The IESO has developed educational materials including ICI and Global Adjustment backgrounders, Demand Response and The Bottom Line on Energy Management: Making Ontario's Electricity Market Work for Your Business brochures, and the updated Peak Tracker tool. Other informational engagements will be available in the future and communicated through upcoming bulletins.


  • January
    19
    2017

    Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers (OREC) Program

    The new Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers (OREC) program, which commenced on January 1, 2017, provides financial assistance to eligible consumers in respect of electricity costs.  The rebate is equal to eight per cent (8%) of the base invoice amount for each billing period as defined in Ontario Regulation O.Reg 363/16.

    The OREC discount for customers of a local distribution company (LDC) or a unit sub-meter provider (USMP) will be settled directly by the LDC or USMP.  LDCs and USMPs will claim a reimbursement of the financial assistance provided to their eligible customers on a monthly basis through the respective IESO on-line settlement form. Although the forms will be made available on January 18, no submissions will be accepted until February 1, which is the first day that claims for January 2017 can be submitted.  A revised guide that contains the instructions on the online forms is available here.  The OREC program will be settled through charge type 9982.

    The OREC discount for eligible IESO market participants meeting the criteria of 50 KWh or less will be settled by the IESO.  Market Participants who determine that they meet the requirements for an “eligible account”, as defined in section 1. (1) of the Act, should have their registered Authorized Representative notify IESO Customer Relations eligibility as soon as possible.  

    For background information, you can read the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016 and the General OREC regulation.