Ontario's Smart Grid Forum
Building on Ontario’s Momentum in Smart Grids
Ontario has established a considerable head start in smart grid technologies, and is poised to build on that momentum, creating a smarter, more efficient electricity system that delivers direct benefits to consumers and the broader economy.
The Ontario Smart Grid Forum includes member organizations from Ontario’s utility sector, industry associations, public agencies and universities working together to propose a vision for a smart grid in Ontario and examine the many components that comprise it. It is supported by the Corporate Partners Committee, which represents more than 30 private sector organizations active in the smart grid space – including, electric car markets, retailers, energy management companies, systems integrators and equipment manufacturers.
In its 2011 report, “Modernizing Ontario’s Electricity System: Next Steps,” the Forum made a series of recommendations that focus on removing barriers to smart grid development and taking full advantage of its intended benefits. These recommendations include:
In December 2012, the Forum published, "Access to Consumer Data: A Vignette" to provide updated commentary on the state of its recommendations related to third party access to real-time consumption information. Open data access has been an issue at the forefront of smart grid-related deliberations in Ontario since the Forum’s 2011 report was published. Outside of Ontario, various facets of this issue are being advanced by regulators, standards bodies, and technology providers – and the impact of these developments is having effect within the province as well. This report reviews the rationale behind the previous Forum data access recommendation, the progress that has been made in this area since then, and highlights some possible solutions that have emerged.
The Forum and the Corporate Partners Committee are continuing their work to monitor and facilitate progress in the smart grid, particularly in establishing and strengthening relationships between the traditional electricity sector and new players emerging in the smart grid space.
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