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Evaluation Reports Demonstrate CDM Effectiveness

November 18, 2021

Evaluation reports for conservation and demand management (CDM) programs that were in market during 2020 have now been published to the IESO website. Also available are Key Findings and Recommendations Reports for each program. These documents provide verified energy and demand savings as well as opportunities for improvement for the Save on Energy programs evaluated.

An overall finding from the evaluations is that the programs delivered during the Interim Framework, which ran from April 1, 2019, to December 31, 2020, continue to deliver cost-effective energy and demand savings at the portfolio level. To date, the Interim Framework has produced in-service savings of 302 GWh and 55 MW persisting to 2022.  Overall, the Interim Framework is on track to meet targets set.

Evaluation processes provide confidence that energy efficiency is a reliable resource for system planning that persists on average for more than 10 years. At less than two cents per kilowatt-hour, energy efficiency is also a cost-effective energy resource for Ontario. Lessons learned from the evaluation of the Interim Framework have and will continue to help inform the design and implementation of 2021-2024 CDM Framework programs.

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