Meeting Ontario’s Capacity Needs: 2020-2024

Over the past two years, the IESO has been working with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive Incremental Capacity Auction (ICA), a fundamental component of the Market Renewal Project. The ICA will provide, in the long-term, the most reliable and efficient solution to meet Ontario’s future capacity needs by targeting a late-2022 auction to address Ontario’s summer 2025 capacity need. In addition, as early as 2020, Ontario requires a mechanism to meet our emerging capacity needs as some long-term power supply contracts expire. Ontario cannot fully rely on resources that do not have a contractual obligation or incentive to provide capacity therefore, the IESO will evolve the demand response auction (DRA) into a broader and more competitive capacity acquisition mechanism to address this capacity need until the comprehensive ICA has commenced. 

As part of this process, the IESO will be seeking feedback from stakeholders on certain aspects of the evolution of the DRA. Additional details on the IESO’s plans to engage communities and stakeholders throughout the process can be found in the engagement plan. All comments and enquiries on this engagement can be directed to engagement@ieso.ca.

Schedule of Activities

 

 

Timing                   

Engagement  Activity                                                              

 Expected Actions

Phase Two Engagement 

Post-2019

Additional in-person meetings or webinars as required

 

Two weeks after the comment period closes

IESO to post responses to written submissions on Phase Two design

 

Two-week period in Q4 2019

Window for written submissions on Phase Two design

 

Q3 2019

Release of Phase Two design

  • Seeking feedback on key challenges, barriers, and opportunities
 

Q3 2019

Meeting to review Phase Two design

  • Discuss changes to TCA proposed in Phase Two
 

Phase One Engagement 

Q2 – Q3 2019

Additional in-person meetings or webinars to discuss design details as required

 

Two weeks after the comment period closes

IESO to post responses to written submissions on Phase One design

 

Two-week period in April

Window for written submissions on Phase One design

 

Early April, 2019

Release of Phase One design

  • Seeking feedback on key challenges, barriers, and opportunities
 

Early April, 2019

Meeting to review proposed Phase One design

  • Discuss changes to DRA proposed in Phase One
 

March 25, 2019

Stakeholder feedback due on engagement plan

 

March 7, 2019

Agenda

Introductory discussion and presentation of the design approach

  • Discuss the purpose of the engagement and high-level work plan for 2019; discuss areas for feedback; solicit initial feedback on proposed engagement approach.

Webcast registration URL: https://www.meetview.com/ieso20190307/