ETNO Publications

Distribution System Structures for A High Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Future -A Blueprint to Guide the Local Energy Transition in Ontario

Distribution System Structures for A High Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Future - A Blueprint to Guide the Local Energy Transition in Ontario

ETNO has published its final report on recommendations regarding distribution-level structures best suited to accommodate the integration of increased number of distributed energy resources (DERs) in Ontario. This report builds off the most recent report of the ETNO, in which ten principles were recommended to guide the transformation of the energy sector in Ontario.


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Principles Guiding the Transformation of the Energy System in Ontario

Driven by a recognition that Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and new structural models for organizing the sector are all challenging foundational notions of market boundaries, industry roles and responsibilities, ETNO has focused the first sprint of 2021 on identifying 10 principles to guide the development of the energy system in Ontario. These 10 principles are summarized in the Energy Wheel, a decision-making framework to guide choices (policies, regulations, or projects) related to the transformation of the energy network in Ontario. The report includes definitions for each principle as well as corresponding guiding questions that are intended to spark discussion and assist decision makers in understanding the impact of a particular principle on a ‘choice’ they may consider with regards to energy sector transformation.

ENTO Energy Wheel - showing 10 principles: decarbonize, accessibility, optimization, reliability, affordability, customer focused, regulatory, collaborative, competitive, just, equitable, diverse and inclusive.


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Improving Access to Data Recommendations

Data is widely recognized as key resource supporting grid modernization efforts. In 2020, ETNO explored solutions to improve access to the abundance of data in the sector for the purpose of improving outcomes for consumers and produced a set of recommendations for the IESO, Ontario Energy Board and the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines.


ETNO Report - 2019

Structural Options for Ontario’s Electricity System in a High-DER Future

Integrating distributed energy resources (DERs) into Ontario’s electricity system in a way that maximizes consumer value and minimizes any negative impact is the catalyst behind ETNO’s latest report. The paper assesses existing and potential roles and responsibilities for DER ownership, operation, and local market administration – and the implications for reliability, affordability, competition and consumer choice. Read the backgrounder.


The following publications were released by the Energy Transformation Network of Ontario between 2009 and 2015, when it was known as the Ontario Smart Grid Forum.

Smart Grid-Related Innovation

Smart Grid-Related Innovation: The Emerging Debate (July 2015)

How should smart grid innovation be funded? What are the different funding models? What can be done to ensure that innovation remains customer-focused? Who should bear the risks? And what can be done to facilitate the commercialization and adoption of smart grid technologies? These are just a few of the questions raised in the latest discussion paper from the Ontario Smart Grid Forum, entitled “Smart grid-related innovation: the emerging debate.”

Ontario Smart Grid Progress Assessment: A Vignette

Ontario Smart Grid Progress Assessment: A Vignette (Aug 2013)

In this report, the Smart Grid Forum attempts to answer three high-level questions regarding the smart grid: Why is the smart grid Important? What has been done so far? What still needs to be done?

Access to Consumer Data: A Vignette

Access to Consumer Data: A Vignette (Dec 2012)

This report looks at the progress that has been made to address the barriers for third-party access to electricity consumers' real-time consumption information.

Modernizing Ontario's Electricity System

Modernizing Ontario's Electricity System: Next Steps

The forum's second report assesses the status of recommendations from the initial report, identifies what barriers remain to their implementation and recommendations to overcome those barriers, and highlights the considerable progress that its members representing utilities, government, public agencies, academia and the private sector have made to date.

Ontario's Smart Grid Roadmap

Smart Home Road Map

A detailed Smart Home Roadmap was also created to show consumers how development of the smart grid over the next 5, 10 and 20 years will enable exciting new technologies and services for the home.

Enabling Tomorrow's Electricity System

Enabling Tomorrow's Electricity System

The report released by Ontario's Smart Grid Forum calls for a co-ordinated effort to increase reliability, develop economic opportunities and promote environmental sustainability through smart grid technologies.