Energy Efficiency Research

A deep understanding of emerging issues in Ontario is crucial to electricity planning. The IESO undertakes in-depth research and energy profiles to determine the scope of issues, and identify greater opportunities for energy efficiency within industries, municipalities and communities.


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Exploring energy-efficiency solutions in greenhouses

Ontario’s greenhouse electricity use is forecast to increase 180% to 3.9 TWh by 2024, driven by rapid expansion in the province’s prime growing regions and dependence on grow lighting. Commissioned by the IESO, in partnership with Enbridge Gas and the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, this report highlights the important role of energy-efficiency initiatives – like Save on Energy’s Retrofit program – in addressing growing demand. Read the summary and download the infographic.

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Strengthening communities through energy efficiency

What are some of the most innovative strategies municipalities can adopt to save energy and money? The Ontario Municipal Energy Profile report looks at why energy efficiency is a game-changer for municipalities, and how NextGen technologies such as net-zero buildings and net-zero or energy-plus wastewater treatment plants can make a difference for the future.  Read the summary.

Pumping out energy savings at municipal water treatment plants

Water and wastewater treatment accounts for over a third of municipal energy consumption, which means energy savings here can really have an impact. Market Characterization and Conservation Potential for Ontario's Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants highlights the tremendous potential for energy efficiency solutions in the water and wastewater treatment sector. Read the summary.