Innovation and Sector Evolution White Paper Series

As set out in the IESO’s Innovation Roadmap 2019-2021 work plan, the IESO intends to develop and release a series of white papers called the Innovation and Sector Evolution White Paper Series. These white papers are intended to support the creation of a shared, fact-based understanding of emerging economic, technical, environmental, and social issues, opportunities and trends with the potential for significant future impact on Ontario’s electricity system and broader electricity sector and in particular on electricity market efficiency, affordability and reliability. The white papers are also intended to provide transparent, objective information to inform policy, planning and investment decisions and help overcome access-to-information barriers that can pose a challenge to participation in electricity markets.  Finally, by engaging a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties in the development of the research white papers, IESO hopes to reduce duplication of efforts by interested parties by creating a joint research/learning opportunity. 

The IESO will seek feedback from communities and stakeholders on the design of the innovation and sector evolution white papers. Additional details on the IESO’s plans to engage communities and stakeholders throughout the process can be found in the engagement plan. All comments and enquiries on this engagement can be directed to engagement@ieso.ca.

Innovation and Sector Evolution White Papers under Development

For further details on the research topics, research questions and engagement timeline and details of each paper please review the respective Project Brief. As future white papers are initiated, Project Briefs will be added to this web-page.

White papers to be initiated in 2019

 
  1. Consumer Preferences, Choices and Behaviours Impacting Electricity Supply and Demand
  2. Non-Wires Alternative Markets
  3. Transmission-Distribution Interoperability
  4. Distributed Energy Resources: Models for Expanded Participation in Wholesale Markets

White papers to be initiated in 2020

    5.   Distributed Energy Resources: Capability to Provide Bulk and Distributed Level Products & Services

    6.   Transportation Sector Decarbonization: Electricity Grid Implications

    7.   Applications of AI, Machine Learning and other Advanced Technology in the Electricity Sector

White papers to be initiated in 2021

   8.   The Decarbonized Economy: Impact of Externalities on Wholesale Markets

Schedule of Activities for Initial Group of White Papers

Additional details on the specific engagement forums and schedule for each individual white paper can be found in the respective white paper project brief.

Timing Engagement Activity  Expected Actions

Q3/Q4 2019

 

Beginning Phase Three of Engagement

  • Posting of final white papers and sharing learnings with respective engagement forums
 

Q3 2019

 

Beginning of Phase Two of Engagement

  • Sharing of draft white paper research finding for feedback (e.g. areas for further study and additional/alternatives sources to examine)
 

June 26, 2019

 

Stakeholder feedback on materials and issued discussed at the June 12th webinar

Stakeholder Feedback

IESO Response to Stakeholder Feedback

 

June 12, 2019

 Public Webinar

Recorded Presentation

          

May/June 2019

IESO Response to Feedback and Posting of Final Research Questions

 

April 26 – May 10, 2019

Window for Written Feedback

Stakeholder Feedback

IESO Response to Stakeholder Feedback

 

March-May 2019

 

Discussions with existing IESO engagement forums

  • Providing an overview of the innovation and sector evolution white paper series and seeking feedback on scope and research questions in the initial white papers
 

April 26, 2019

 

Public Webinar – Recorded Presentation

  • Providing an overview of the innovation and sector evolution white paper series and seeking feedback on scope and research questions to address in the initial white papers
 

April 2019

Beginning of Phase One of Engagement