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Policy Proposal Notice:   EBR Registry Number:   011-9614
Title:
Conservation First: A Renewed Vision for Conservation in Ontario
 
Ministry:
Ministry of Energy
Date Proposal loaded to the Registry:
July 16, 2013
 
 
Keyword(s):   Conservation
Related Act(s):   Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998
The comment period for this proposal is now over.
 
Description of Policy:

The Ontario government is committed to expanding and enhancing its conservation efforts. With the current Conservation and Demand Management Framework set to wind down at the end of 2014, it is timely to renew Ontario’s vision for conservation and create a new framework. The Ministry of Energy is undertaking a formal consultation on innovative conservation ideas and the development of a new conservation framework for Ontario.

Purpose of Policy:

Ontario has been working for several years to create a culture of conservation across the province. Although the global economic downturn of the past few years dampened electricity demand in Ontario and elsewhere, a shortfall in capacity may emerge as early as 2018. As a result, conservation investments will remain a priority for Ontario and conservation should be considered the first resource, where cost-effective, when planning for the province’s electricity needs.

In 2010, the government directed the Ontario Power Authority to work with Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) to develop and implement provincial conservation programs and directed the Ontario Energy Board to establish conservation targets for LDCs as a condition of their licence. With the current Conservation and Demand Management Framework winding down at the end of 2014, it is timely to consider what is required for the development of a new framework. To help guide input, the Ministry has released a discussion paper, Conservation First: A Renewed Vision for Conservation in Ontario, which discusses the government’s vision for conservation, explores potential new innovative initiatives and outlines objectives for a new framework. The paper also includes several questions to help focus feedback.

Other Information:

In parallel to this consultation, on April 16, 2013, a formal review of Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan was initiated. On July 10, 2013 a consultation document entitled Making Choices: Reviewing Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan was posted to the Environmental Registry (Ref #011-9490). This government believes conservation must play a more prominent role in the province’s long-term energy planning.


Public Consultation:

This proposal was posted for a 62 day public review and comment period starting July 16, 2013. Comments were to be received by September 16, 2013.

All comments received during the comment period are being considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry.

Please Note: All comments and submissions received have become part of the public record.


Other Public Consultation Opportunities:

The Conservation Discussion Paper is being posted for a 62-day public review and comment period starting July 16, 2013. Comments should be submitted by September 16, 2013.

All comments received during the comment period will be reviewed and considered as the Ministry of Energy develops policy direction on conservation and the new framework.

All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record.
As part of the formal review of Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, the Ministry of Energy is arranging consultation sessions in several locations across the province. Information is available here.


 
Contact:

Yvonne DiTullio
Senior Policy Advisor
Ministry of Energy
Conservation and Renewable Energy Division
77 Grenville Street
Floor 5 & 6
Toronto Ontario
M7A 2C1
Phone: (416) 325-7062