New Ontario Government Strengthens Energy Planning
Communities Will Be Engaged in Regional Energy Plans
The new Ontario government is improving how the province plans and builds large energy infrastructure projects going forward.
To ensure that Ontario builds energy infrastructure in a process that respects communities, the government has asked two key agencies to develop a new regional energy planning process based on formal input from municipalities, communities and the energy sector.
Regional energy plans will rely on public consultations and municipal input to ensure that Ontario gets siting decisions right the first time - while recognizing that a strong electricity grid requires ongoing investments in clean, modern and reliable energy infrastructure.
The Independent Electricity System Operator and the Ontario Power Authority are expected to report back to the Minister of Energy with a joint implementation plan by August 1st, 2013. The plan will take into account recommendations on energy project siting made by the Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on Justice Policy.
Through strong public consultation, regional energy plans will lead to better decision making - so that future electricity generation contracts place energy infrastructure in the right location from the beginning.
Engaging communities in the regional energy planning process is part of the new Ontario government's plan to build strong communities, powered by clean, reliable energy.
- Read the Minister’s letter to the OPA and the IESO.
- The government recently announced a six-month review of Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan, to determine the best energy supply mix for the province over the next 20 years. The review will be based on strong public consultations.
- Since 2003, Ontario has built or renewed over 7,500 km of transmission lines.
- Ontario has modernized or rebuilt over 11,500 MW of clean energy since 2003 - enough electricity to power over 2.8 million homes.
“Since 2003, we've rebuilt a broken energy system into one of the most reliable, clean and technologically advanced grids in North America. Now it's time to improve how we plan, site, and build energy infrastructure in Ontario. By working with municipalities and the public to create regional energy plans, we'll make sure we get siting decisions right the first time.”
“We applaud Premier Wynne and Minister Chiarelli for taking leadership on this issue and recognizing the importance of advancing generation projects while still balancing the needs of individual municipalities. We welcome the opportunity to work with the provincial government, and its agencies, to achieve balanced siting protocols that respect the needs of municipalities and consumers.”