Ontario electricity distributors directed to be frontline deliverers of conservation and demand management


Brad Duguid,
Minister of Energy
and Infrastructure
Toronto, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — April 30, 2010 – Ontario’s electricity distributors have been directed by the provincial minister of energy and infrastructure, Brad Duguid, to step up delivery of conservation and demand management (CDM) programs to their customers.

In a Minister’s Directive, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has been directed to take steps to establish electricity CDM targets for each of the distributors, with two key targets to meet over the next four years – a reduction of 1,330 MW of provincial peak demand and 6,000 GWh of reduced electricity consumption.

The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has been directed to advise the OEB on assigning the conservation targets, and the Board has also been directed to amend the licenses of the distributors with the condition that they meet their CDM targets.

"Electricity distributors are committed to working with provincial and community partners to help develop, promote and deliver effective energy conservation activities and programs to their local customers in order to attain individual CDM targets within their service territories," said Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) chair Brian Bentz. "As the trusted face of Ontario’s power system, distributors have the experience and local expertise to deliver on their commitment to assist in the development of sustainable communities for future generations."

According to the Directive CDM initiatives should not duplicate the OPA contracted province-wide CDM programs, nor should they include initiatives associated with the feed-in tariff programs, but they may include load reduction from initiatives such as geothermal heating and cooling, solar heating and fuel switching.