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Minister's Directive on the Interruptible Rate Pilot

February 16, 2023

The Minister of Energy has asked the IESO to design and administer an Interruptible Rate Pilot (IRP) to explore opportunities to enhance demand management on the electricity system with the potential to reduce the cost of electricity for all consumers. The IRP will be designed to provide consumers with reduced electricity rates in exchange for agreeing to temporarily reduce demand, when directed by IESO. The pilot will run from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2026 and will procure up to 200 megawatts of interruptible demand through a competitive application process.

To promote growth in the hydrogen sector, the IESO will report back to the Minister by September 15, 2023 on a plan to design and implement an IRP that is tailored for hydrogen producers in Ontario that employ electrolyzers. To support this report-back, the IESO will engage with hydrogen production stakeholders on pilot design features that would support participation by and leverage the flexibility of electrolyzer-based hydrogen production facilities.

For more information, please visit the Interruptible Rate Pilot engagement web page.

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