On September 23, 2016, Premier Wynne sent a public Mandate Letter to Minister of Energy Glenn
Thibeault, setting out "instructions on priorities."
According to the letter, Minister Thibeault's mandate is
"to promote the development of a safe, reliable, secure and
environmentally-sustainable energy supply." To meet this
mandate, the Premier listed priorities in six areas.
Developing the Province's
Next Long-Term Energy Plan – As previously
discussed, the work on the LTEP is underway. The Mandate Letter
makes clear that the next LTEP must be aligned with Ontario's
Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP).
Promoting Energy Conservation
and the Adoption of Renewable Energy – One listed
priority is to work with the IESO "to source affordable, clean
and reliable electricity, including renewables." It is not
clear how this priority aligns with the
announcement that Ontario will immediately suspend the second
round of the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP II) and
Energy-from-Waste Standard Offer Program. Another conservation
priority is to implement an
"updated and streamlined" net metering program that
"supports customer choice in generating clean, renewable
energy, helps reduce load on the electricity system and enables
innovative technologies and customer-utility
Supporting the Growth of the
Low-Carbon Economy and Reductions in Greenhouse Gas
Pollution – The Minister of Energy is directed to
work with other ministers and local distribution companies to
implement key components of the CCAP, including making Ontario an
affordable jurisdiction to install or retrofit clean energy systems
and establishing a free overnight electric vehicle charging program
for residential consumers starting in 2017.
Engaging with Indigenous
Partners in Energy Planning Decisions and Supporting Economic
Development and Reconciliation – A key priority
under this topic is working with First Nation communities in
Northwestern Ontario to reduce reliance on fossil fuels for
electricity generation (connecting more communities to the
Driving Efficiencies and
Maximizing Return on Investment from Electricity Sector
– Under this heading, Minister Thibeault is directed to work
with the Ontario Energy Board and Ontario's local distribution
companies to ensure they produce savings and drive improvements in
performance to the benefit of customers.
Many of the listed priorities continue or reinforce programs and
priorities that are already in place. It can be seen that there
will be continued pressure on local distribution companies who will
be asked to expand their services (for such things as accommodating
net metering and increasing availability of separately metered
vehicle charging), and to reduce their costs to produce savings for
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