Your Input: Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan by Sept.9 & Energy Conservation by Sept.16, 2013

This video presents “What kinds of energy are used in Ontario?”

  • The ECO (Environmental Commissioner of Ontario), Gord Miller, describes a chart from his report, Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, Rethinking Energy Conservation in Ontario, that outlines different energy sources used by different sectors in Ontario, Canada.
  • Electricity makes up less than a quarter of our energy demand.

ECO Gord Miller’s recent blog “We could have carbon free electricity in Ontario in 2014! ” empahsized the importance of the changing global climate and Ontario’s role in global reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • He also gave a realistic outlook on the interplay of the different sources of electricity generation in regard to the ‘Predicted Electricity Generation Capacity August 2014’.
  • Furthermore, Miller provided a reality check by answering the question, “Could we manage it without carbon emissions?”

Let Ontario’s Ministry of Energy know what you think their electricity planning priorities should be by participating in their short survey.

  • Ministry of Energy staff will review these survey results, which will help to inform the drafting of the final LTEP.

However, this survey is not considered a formal submission. If you want to submit your thoughts formally to the LTEP review team, please do so through the Environmental Registry.

  • In 2010, Ontario released its first Long-Term Energy Plan that set out a clear, comprehensive direction for the province’s energy future.
    • It considered all aspects of Ontario’s electricity system, including conservation, generation, transmission, distribution and emerging technologies such as energy storage, as well as Aboriginal community participation in the energy sector.
    • The plan set out the investments required to modernize and upgrade our electricity system, and included price projections for residential and industrial customers.
    • A three-year review of the Long-Term Energy Plan was contemplated when it was announced in 2010.
  • All comments received prior to September 09, 2013 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry of Energy if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 011-9490.
    • All comments on this proposal in writing must be directed to:
      Julie Green
      Senior Policy Advisor
      Ministry of Energy
      Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Policy
      Strategic Policy Branch
      880 Bay Street
      2nd floor
      Toronto Ontario
      M7A 2C1
      Phone: (416) 326-8995
    • Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record.

This video presents “Ontario – Ministry of Energy.”

  • The Ministry of Energy works with many partners inside and outside of government to develop the electricity generation, transmission and other energy-related facilities that help power our economy—and to ensure that Ontario remains one of the best places in the world in which to live, work, invest and raise a family.
  • A top priority is ensuring that Ontario’s electricity needs are met in a sustainable manner.
  • Developing renewable energy sources and fostering a conservation-oriented culture are cornerstones of Ontario’s balanced plan to provide clean, and reliable energy—while encouraging the development of a clean energy economy for our future.

Provincial Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli announced that Ontario will make conservation a top priority in energy planning.

Environmental Defence‘s Gillian McEachern delineated the following benefits of energy conservation as she praised Ontario Energy Minister’s new vision as a “bright idea.”

  • “The cheapest way to reduce global warming pollution.
  • Helps cut smog on some of our worst air quality days.
  • Also helps people and businesses spend less on their energy bills.
    • For every dollar invested in energy conservation, three dollars are saved.
    • The money saved gets spent elsewhere in the economy, helping spur jobs and revenue.
    • And the jobs that are created are inherently local – tradespeople, contractors, energy auditors.”

With the current Conservation and Demand Management Framework set to wind down at the end of 2014, it is timely to renew Ontario’s vision for conservation and create a new framework.

The Ministry of Energy is undertaking a formal consultation on innovative conservation ideas and the development of a new conservation framework for Ontario.

  • In 2010, the government directed the Ontario Power Authority to work with Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) to develop and implement provincial conservation programs and directed the Ontario Energy Board to establish conservation targets for LDCs as a condition of their licence.
  • To help guide input, the Ministry has released a discussion paper, Conservation First: A Renewed Vision for Conservation in Ontario, which discusses the government’s vision for conservation, explores potential new innovative initiatives and outlines objectives for a new framework.
    • The paper also includes several questions to help focus feedback
  • If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments in writing, please do so by September 16, 2013 to
    Yvonne DiTullio
    Senior Policy Advisor
    Ministry of Energy
    Renewables and Energy Efficiency
    880 Bay Street
    Floor 6
    Toronto Ontario
    M7A 2C1
    Phone: (416) 325-7062

  • All comments received prior to September 16, 2013 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry of Energy if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 011-9614.
    • Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record.

Feedback from these discussions will also inform the review of the province’s Long Term Energy Plan.

Please click here for more info about the Long Term Energy Plan and Conservation First.

Ontario, Canada


Ontario’s New Energy Vision Puts Conservation First

Province Makes Conservation Top Priority in Energy Planning

July 16, 2013 1:30 p.m.
Ministry of Energy

Ontario is moving toward a new, innovative approach to energy planning by developing a new policy that will ensure the province invests in conservation measures before building new generation, whenever it is cost-effective to do so.

To help design Ontario’s energy path moving forward, the government released Conservation First: A Renewed Vision for Energy Conservation in Ontario. It will help guide discussion as the province seeks input from Aboriginal partners, members of the public, local utilities, municipalities, environmental groups, business associations, and other stakeholders to develop a new Conservation and Demand Management framework. Feedback from these discussions will also inform the review of the province’s Long Term Energy Plan.

The province has made great strides in conservation with programs that help reduce electricity demand and increase efficiency. Investments in conservation programs over the last eight years have allowed Ontario to avoid building new generation that would have cost more than $4 billion.

Conservation programs have also helped Ontarians manage their home energy use and reduce their electricity bills. For example, the saveONenergy programs encourage families and businesses to maximize savings by investing in energy efficient products and upgrades, and the Peaksaver PLUS program offers in-home displays that allow families to monitor their electricity use at home.

Encouraging a culture of conservation is part of the government’s plan to maintain a clean, modern and reliable electricity grid.

Quick Facts

  • The Conservation and Demand Management framework sets out policy priorities for conservation, prescribes targets for local utilities and establishes funding for conservation programs. It began in 2011 and applies until the end of 2014.
  • The Long-Term Energy Plan review currently underway provides the opportunity to build the conservation first principle into Ontario’s energy planning.
  • From 2005 to 2011, families and businesses across the province conserved enough to reduce demand by more than 1,900 megawatts, the equivalent of powering more than 600,000 homes.
  • For every $1 invested in energy efficiency, Ontario has avoided about $2 in costs to the electricity system.
  • Between 1990 and 2013, average household electricity consumption has declined by almost 25 per cent, resulting in the average household saving up to $350 based on current electricity costs.


“Ontario has saved billions of dollars through conservation, and we have a clear opportunity to do more. By investing in conservation before new generation, where cost-effective, we can save ratepayers money and give consumers new technology to track and control energy use.”
Bob Chiarelli
Minister of Energy

“We applaud Ontario for putting energy conservation first. Doing so can save people money, help fight climate change and create good, local jobs. Taking cost-effective steps to save energy before spending on new energy supply can make Ontario a conservation leader in Canada.”
Gillian McEachern
Campaigns Director, Environmental Defence

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