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Innovation Roadmap

Electricity systems all over the world are facing significant change as a result of emerging technologies, increased digitization, new business models and energy solution providers, changing consumer preferences and needs, decarbonisation and other factors. The IESO is developing an innovation roadmap to facilitate an internal and external dialogue on the evolution of Ontario’s electricity and broader energy sector as it relates to IESO’s mandate. The roadmap will identify the key challenges and opportunities facing the IESO in preparing for this change. The roadmap will establish priorities for learning, capability building and the removal of barriers within IESO’s scope of accountability to the innovation of others in order to support improved system reliability, cost effectiveness and efficiency, and other benefits for the people of Ontario. The roadmap will be supported by a multi-year plan to prioritize, focus and coordinate IESO’s work with others to address shared goals for research and development to support grid modernization.

The IESO will seek feedback from communities and stakeholders on the design of the innovation roadmap. 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

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Schedule of Activities

Date  Activities  Expected Actions 

May 8, 2019

Final Innovation Roadmap posted


December 11, 2018

Stakeholder Feedback

  • EDA
  • Hydro One

November 28, 2018

IESO External Engagement Report


November 28, 2018

Public webinar #2

Recorded Presentation

  • Presentation

The webinar will present draft elements of the roadmap for stakeholder review and will outline the feedback received and how it has been incorporated into the draft roadmap.

October 16-30, 2018

Window for written submissions

Stakeholder Feedback

  • Advanced Energy Management Alliance
  • AMP Energy
  • Atmospheric Energy Systems
  • Enel X

Seeking feedback on key challenges, barriers and opportunities, technology/innovation in electricity sector, and the role of IESO in this evolution

Week of October 22

Focus Group Meetings


Seeking feedback on key challenges, barriers and opportunities, technology/innovation in electricity sector, and the role of IESO in this evolution

October 19, 2018


Public Webinar

  • Presentation
  • Feedback Template

Informing stakeholders of the innovation roadmap engagement activities and outlining how feedback will be sought

Recorded Presentation

October 17, 2018


IESO Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) Meeting

Present overview of jurisdictional research and solicit feedback on opportunities and prioritization criteria

September 18, 2018

Energy Transformation Network of Ontario (ETNO)


Seeking input on challenges, opportunities and barriers to innovation; IESO’s role in electricity sector innovation; how IESO should prioritize its efforts in the area of innovation