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Ministerial Directives

From time to time, the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines issues directives and letters to the IESO articulating government policy.

March 21, 2019
Interim Framework for the delivery of Energy Efficiency Programs
The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines has directed the IESO to centrally deliver energy-efficiency programs in the province by implementing a new Interim Framework to take effect from April 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020. This framework will take the place of the Conservation First Framework with a new suite of Save on Energy programs to serve business and low-income customers, as well as Indigenous communities.

March 21, 2019
Discontinuation of the Conservation First Framework
The IESO has been directed to discontinue the Conservation First Framework and the Industrial Accelerator Program and wind them down in an orderly fashion, taking reasonable efforts to minimize costs. This and the Interim Framework directive are designed to reduce the costs associated with program delivery, while continuing to deliver a valuable and cost-effective system resource that helps customers better manage their energy costs.

July 13, 2018
Wind Down of Feed-in Tariff and Large Renewable Procurement Contracts
The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines has directed the IESO to wind down certain Feed-in-Tariff and Large Renewable Procurement contracts. The directive notes that the IESO's recent system planning work indicates that Ontario's current contracted and rate regulated electricity resources are sufficient to satisfy or exceed forecasted provincial needs for the near term and that there are other means of meeting future energy supply and capacity needs at materially lower costs than long-term contracts that lock in the prices paid for these resources.

February 15, 2018
Approval of IESO’s Long-Term Energy Plan Implementation Plan
The Minister of Energy has approved the IESO’s Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) Implementation Plan, submitted on January 31, 2018, that sets out the actions the IESO will take to deliver the initiatives outlined in the LTEP.

February 8, 2018

Reallocation of Targets from the Industrial Accelerator Program to 2015-2020 Conservation First Framework and Deliver of Programs Targeted to On-Reserve First Nations Communities

The Minister directs that 0.4 TWh of the IAP electricity savings target be reallocated to the CFF target, which savings will be achieved through Centrally-Delivered and Province-wide LDC Programs. The IESO will establish a new budget to achieve the additional 0.4 TWh of savings under CFF without increasing the overall IAP and CFF budgets.

The Minister also directs that in consultation with Distributors serving on-reserve First Nations communities, the IESO will design and fund a centrally-designed First Nations Conservation Demand Management Program(s).

October 26, 2017
Plan to Implement Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan
Following the issuance of the Ministry of Energy’s 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan, (LTEP), the IESO is directed to submit an Implementation Plan outlining the steps it will take to achieve the goals and objectives for nine specific initiatives set out in the LTEP. The Implementation Plan will include how the IESO will accomplish the specific policy reviews, processes and programs set out in the LTEP; how it will engage the public, Indigenous communities and stakeholders; as well as the key implementation milestones for each initiative. The plan is to be submitted to the Minister of Energy by January 31, 2018.

October 26, 2017
Amendments to Ministerial Directions Arising from the Long-Term Energy Plan 2017
The Minister issued amended directives to effect changes to conservation and Indigenous support programs arising from the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan, including expanding the scope of conservation to recognize distribution system energy efficiency and to align conservation initiatives with initiatives identified in the 2016 to 2020 Climate Change Action Plan. en français

August 4, 2017
Updated Need Assessment for the East-West Tie

This letter requests that the IESO prepare an updated need assessment for the East-West Tie transmission project, consistent with the scope of previous need assessments requested by the Ontario Energy Board, to be delivered to the Ministry by December 1, 2017.

August 4, 2017
2015-2020 Conservation First Framework and Partnering with Green Ontario Fund; Delivery of Conservation and Demand Management Programs Targeted to the Low-Income Customer Segment
This direction requires the IESO to collaborate with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to support the establishment of the Green Ontario Fund, and to ensure that this new entity complements and builds on the success of the Province's existing suite of CDM programs. The IESO will enter into agreements with the MOECC or the Green Ontario Fund to support the design and delivery of Green Ontario Fund Programs with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy usage and energy sources from Ontario residences and businesses. This direction also indicates that the IESO shall centrally design, fund and deliver a province-wide CDM program(s) to the low-income customer segment and may allow a distributor to deliver a CDM program(s) targeted to the low-income customer segment in its service area.

May 30, 2017
Nagagami (Shekak) Generating Facility
This direction requires the IESO to establish and pay a hydrology adjustment to Constance Lake First Nation based on the production of the 19 megawatt Nagagami (Shekak) hydro-electric generating facility. The agreement between Constance Lake First Nation and the IESO will include the provision of a minimum annual hydrology adjustment, as well as an escalation clause to align with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Ontario.

February 13, 2017
Ontario Climate Change Solutions Deployment Corporation 
In this letter from the Minister, the IESO is asked to support the establishment of the Ontario Climate Change Solutions Deployment Corporation (OCCSDC), drawing on the IESO’s expertise and resources in the design and delivery of conservation and energy efficiency programs to provide online and other customer services. The Minister indicated that all costs incurred by the IESO related to this effort would be recovered from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account, rather than from electricity ratepayers.

December 16, 2016
Non-Utility Generators (NUGs) under Contract with the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation (OEFC), Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Procurements, 2015-2020 Conservation First Framework, and Delivery of Programs under the Conservation First Framework and the Industrial Accelerator Program
Pursuant to this directive, the IESO will enter into negotiations with OEFC NUGs to incentivize facilities to operate in a manner better aligned with system needs. The directive amends the FIT 5 procurement target and directs the IESO to cease accepting applications under the FIT Program by December 31, 2016. The IESO is directed to use the Conservation Fund to support Ontario Energy Board pilot projects for new pricing models and non-price tools. The IESO shall also deliver certain Province-Wide Distributor CDM Programs and shall undertake a pay-for-performance pilot program under the Industrial Accelerator Program.

December 8, 2016
IESO 2017-2019 Business Plan
The Minister has asked the IESO to include resourcing for the Market Renewal project in its 2017-2019 Business Plan and resubmit it to the Minister by February 1, 2017.

On March 21, 2017, the Minister of Energy approved the IESO’s 2017-2019 Business Plan.

More information on the IESO’s 2017-2019 Business Plan can be found in the Corporate Strategy and Business Planning section.

October 21, 2016
Ontario Quebec Electricity Trade
This direction calls for the IESO to negotiate and enter into one or more contractual agreements in accordance with the September 11, 2015, Memorandum of Understanding, which contemplated a medium-term electricity trade agreement between Ontario and Québec.

September 27, 2016
Directive from the Minister regarding LRP II RFQ Process and EFWSOP Cancellation
This directive calls for the IESO to suspend the LRP II and Energy-from-Waste procurements.

June 10, 2016
Letter from the Minister on the IESO Technical Report
The IESO has received a letter from the Minister requesting that the IESO submit, by September 1, 2016, a technical report that will provide a
10-year review and a 20-year forecast of the electricity system.

June 10, 2016
Upgrades to Existing Renewable Projects, Conservation First Framework and Support Programs

The IESO has received direction with respect to LRP II procurement, the design and delivery of CDM programs under the ongoing Conservation First Framework, as well as funding for Support Programs.

April 5, 2016
Future Renewable Energy Procurement
The IESO has received direction regarding the fuel source procurement targets and engagement process for the next round of the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP II). The Minister has also outlined details regarding the transition of the microFIT Program to a net metering initiative, as well as a base target and application window for the FIT 5 procurement.

December 14, 2015
Non-Utility Generator Projects, Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program 2.0, Chaudre Falls Hydroelectric Generation and Whitesand First Nation Biomass Cogeneration
Pursuant to this directive, as the IESO works to develop a capacity auction for Ontario, negotiations for new contracts for Non-Utility Generator Project (NUGs) will be discontinued and the second application window for the Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program 2.0 will not proceed. Further, the IESO will enter into negotiations with Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (HOHI) for power purchase agreements for supply from HOHI's Gatineau and Hull facilities. As well, the IESO is directed to enter into a power purchase agreement for electricity produced by Whitesand First Nation's biomass facility.

December 1, 2015
Amended and Restated Bruce Power Refurbishment Implementation Agreement and Amended and Restated Bruce Power Sharing in Transfers and Refinancings Agreement and IESO-OPG Agreement
The IESO is directed to enter into an amended agreement for the continued operation of the eight nuclear generating units at the Bruce Nuclear Generation Station beyond their current expected end of life through a program of refurbishments and asset management, as approved by Cabinet.

August 21, 2015
Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Programs
This directive authorizes the IESO to make performance incentive payments to eligible distributors relating to IESO-Contracted Province-Wide CDM Programs delivered under the 2011-2014 Conservation and Demand Management Framework.

June 24, 2015
Feed-in Tariff Program
Under this directive, the IESO will reassign any portion of the 2015 microFIT Program procurement target that is unused by December 31, 2015, to the FIT 4 procurement target. Further, any unused capacity in future years for either FIT or microFIT will be moved to the subsequent FIT target.

April 22, 2015
This directive calls for the IESO to negotiate and enter into a seasonal capacity sharing agreement with HQ Energy Marketing Inc. by June 1, 2015. As well, further direction is provided with respect to a number of ongoing procurements by the IESO including CHPSOP, NUGs, LRP and energy storage.

April 22, 2015
Moving forward with a new Energy-from-Waste (EFW) Procurement Process
Under this directive, the IESO will develop a procurement process for municipal projects that use waste to generate electricity. This new process will be in place by the end of 2015 and will secure up to 75 MW for new-build projects.

April 7, 2015
Feed-in Tariff (FIT) and microFIT Programs
This Directive revises current provisions regarding the FIT and microFIT programs – including allowing applicants to voluntarily select a lower base FIT contract price in order to receive additional priority points.

Directives issued prior to 2015 can be found in the Document Library.