Ontario Releases Long-Term Energy Plan
Province Presents Strategy for Clean, Affordable Energy
Ontario's updated Long-Term Energy Plan, Achieving Balance, encourages conservation and lays out a plan for clean, reliable and affordable energy for Ontarians, where and when they need it.
The 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) balances five principles that will guide future decisions: cost-effectiveness, reliability, clean energy, community engagement, and an emphasis on conservation and demand management before building new generation.
Compared to the previous plan, Achieving Balance is expected to reduce projected cost increases by $16 billion in the near term (2013-2017), and $70 billion to 2030. These cost reductions will be realized even as Ontario keeps its commitment to phase out the last of its coal-fired generation by the end of 2014.
Ontario will achieve balance in the energy sector by:
- Decreasing the need for new supply by implementing conservation programs and standards to offset most growth in electricity demand over the next 20 years.
- Lowering costs for consumers. Compared to LTEP 2010, residential customers can expect to pay about $520 less over the next five years and $3,800 less to 2030, and industrial consumers can expect to pay $3 million less over the next five years and $11 million less to 2030.
- Expanding Demand Response programs to help achieve a 10 per cent reduction in peak demand by 2025. This is equivalent to approximately 2,400 megawatts under today's forecast conditions - equivalent to twice the average demand of Hamilton and Kitchener combined.
- Making new financing tools available to consumers starting in 2015, including programs to incent energy efficient retrofits to residential properties.
- Moving ahead with nuclear refurbishment at both Darlington and Bruce Generating Stations, beginning in 2016.
- Extending the phasing-in of wind, solar and bioenergy for three more years than estimated in the 2010 LTEP, with 10,700 megawatts online by 2021. By 2025 about half of Ontario's installed generating capacity will come from renewable sources.
- Developing a new competitive procurement process with the Ontario Power Authority for future renewable projects larger than 500 kilowatts.
- Continuing to encourage First Nation and Métis participation in transmission and renewable energy projects.
- Issuing an annual Ontario Energy Report to update Ontarians on changing supply and demand conditions, and to outline the progress to date on the LTEP.
The new plan reflects input received from thousands of people across the province. Many individuals and organizations participated in person and online to contribute their thoughts and ideas.
Providing long-term clean, reliable and affordable power is part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- Since 2003, more than $19 billion has been invested in Ontario’s transmission and distribution networks and more than $21 billion has been invested in cleaner generation.
- The government held consultations in 12 different communities to gather public feedback on energy issues in advance of the Long-Term Energy Plan. It also met with representatives of over 90 First Nation and Métis communities and organizations in 10 engagement sessions across Ontario.
- More than 1,000 submissions and comments were received, primarily through the online Environmental Registry, and almost 8,000 people participated in an online survey.
- The results of the survey are published in Ontario’s Open Data Catalogue.
- Conservation and Demand Management
- Helping Ontario Energy Consumers
- First Nation and Métis Communities
- Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan by the Numbers
- Meeting Northwestern Ontario's Energy Needs
- Regional Planning
- Ontario's Supply Mix
- What people are saying about Achieving Balance: Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan
“This plan reflects what we heard from thousands of people and dozens of organizations right across the province. Our vision for Ontario is to create a clean, affordable and reliable energy system that focuses on conservation and addresses regional needs.”