Ontario’s 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan: Delivering Fairness and Choice (2017 LTEP) focuses on energy affordability, innovation and customer choice. The 2017 LTEP is a road map that sets out the direction for Ontario’s energy future.
The plan builds upon the years of investment that Ontarians made to renew and clean up the province’s electricity system. Thousands of people from across the province were engaged in the development of the 2017 LTEP. It describes how Ontario plans to continue building an energy system with fairness and choice for people across the province.
Key Initiatives Identified in the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan
Ensuring Affordable and Accessible Energy
The projected residential price for electricity will remain below the outlooks published in the 2010 and 2013 Long-Term Energy Plans. Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan reduced electricity costs by 25% on average for residential consumers. As many as half a million small businesses and farms are also benefitting. The government will continue to support the expansion of natural gas, providing customers with more choice and aiding economic development in their communities.
Ensuring a Flexible Energy System
Ontario needs a flexible energy system that is well-positioned to pursue emerging opportunities and meet future challenges, including the fight against climate change. The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has begun a Market Renewal initiative to redesign the province’s electricity markets. The IESO’s Market Renewal initiative will result in a more competitive marketplace that more flexibly and efficiently meets system needs and government policy goals.
Innovating to meet the Future
Innovative technologies have the potential to transform Ontario’s energy system. New pricing plans, net metering, energy storage and the electrification of transportation will give customers more control and choice over how they generate, use and pay for energy. The government will work with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to provide customers greater choice and support the modernization of Ontario’s grid. Barriers to the deployment of cost-effective energy storage will be reduced.
Improving Value and Performance for Customers
As the energy sector becomes more consumer-focused, users will want increased transparency and accountability from the companies and agencies that provide energy services. The government commits to working with the OEB to improve the performance and efficiency of local distribution companies (LDCs) and to redesign electricity bills to make it easier for consumers to understand and manage their energy costs. The government will direct IESO to develop a competitive selection or procurement process for transmission, and to identify possible pilot projects.
Strengthening Commitment to Energy Conservation and Efficiency
Ontario is committed to putting conservation first, both as a resource for the energy system and as a tool for consumers to manage their energy costs. The government will continue to set advanced efficiency standards for products and appliances, and will explore setting or updating energy efficiency standards for key electrical equipment in drinking water and wastewater treatment plants. The government and its agencies will further encourage LDCs to pursue energy efficiency measures on their distribution systems to achieve customer electricity and cost savings. The Green Ontario Fund will provide energy consumers with a coordinated, one-window approach to encourage conservation across multiple energy sources and programs. The Green Ontario Fund invests proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market into climate actions and programs that help people and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use clean technology to power their homes and workplaces.
Responding to Climate Change
Ontario’s robust supply of electricity will play a key role in enabling the transition to a low-carbon economy. The 2017 LTEP affirms that the province will continue to work to support both clean energy technologies and the goals of Ontario’ Climate Change Action Plan. The plan proposes to expand the options for net metering to give electricity consumers more opportunities to access renewable energy generation, while reducing their electricity bills. The government plans to strengthen the ability of the energy industry to anticipate the effects of climate change and integrate its impacts into its operational and infrastructure planning.
Supporting First Nation and Métis Capacity and Leadership
First Nations and Métis are leaders in Ontario’s energy sector, with an unprecedented level of involvement. The government will review current programs in order to improve the availability of conservation programs for First Nation and Métis, including communities served by Independent Power Authorities, and expand the Aboriginal Community Energy Plan program to help communities implement their energy plans. The government will engage with First Nations and Métis to explore options for supporting energy education and capacity building, the integration of small-scale renewable energy projects, net metering and other innovative solutions that address local and regional energy needs and interests.
Supporting Regional Solutions and Infrastructure
The 2017 LTEP commits to working with regions and local communities to develop plans for meeting their diverse energy requirements. The government has indicated that with the first cycle of regional and local energy planning complete, IESO will begin making recommendations that address the challenges and opportunities that have emerged.