On June 10, 2016, Ontario's minister of energy issued a
directive to the Independent Electricity System Operator
("IESO") regarding upgrades to existing
renewable projects, the Conservation First Framework and support
programs. It is the latest in a series of directives that the
minister has issued to the IESO and its predecessor, the Ontario
Summary of the Directive's Key Points
Upgrades to Existing Renewable Projects
The IESO is directed to increase the Large Renewable Procurement
(LRP) II procurement target to 980 MW, and to explore opportunities
to procure additional generation resulting from technical upgrades
to and optimization of existing renewable generation assets.
Conservation First Framework
The IESO is directed to design, fund and deliver, in
consultation with licensed electricity distributors, two new
centrally-delivered Conservation and Demand Management (CDM)
programs, both of which must be implemented by the end of the Fall
a Multi-Distributor Program, a province-wide
pay-for-performance CDM program for customers with multiple
locations across several licensed services areas; and
a Whole Home Pilot Program, a province-wide whole home
CDM pilot program for residential
The IESO is directed to deliver the new centrally-delivered CDM
programs in coordination with natural gas distributors, where
The IESO is directed to increase the 2016 budget for the
Partnership Stream, the Project Development Stream, the Aboriginal
Community Energy Plans (ACEP), the Aboriginal Renewable Energy
Network (AREN) and the Education and Capacity Building (ECB)
Program (collectively, the "Support
Programs") from $10 million to $14 million. This is
to be achieved by allocating $4 million in unspent Support Program
funds from the 2015 budget to the $10 million annual Support
Programs budget for 2016.
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