Implementation Plan for 2017 LTEP
The IESO has developed an Implementation Plan, Putting Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan Into Action, for the initiatives in the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan , as well as amended directives for which it is responsible. The Implementation Plan outlines the objective, scope, engagement activities, the actions the IESO will take, as well as the milestones for each of the initiatives. The amended directives 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.
The IESO has engaged stakeholders, communities, and First Nations and Métis from the beginning to ensure that initiatives are informed by engagement. This includes initial engagement on the Implementation Plan and post-Implementation Plan engagements to develop and deliver on each initiative.
The 2017 LTEP initiatives for which the IESO is responsible are:
- Review and propose options to improve energy support programs to First Nations and Métis, with the objective of better aligning programs with community needs and interests
- Prepare a report on options to improve conservation programs, and access to programs, for First Nations and Métis. The report timing should be aligned with the Mid-Term Review of the Conservation First Framework
- Develop a program, administered by the IESO to support a select number of innovative renewable distributed generation demonstration projects, strategically located and paired with other distributed energy resources and smart grid technologies, as well as virtual net-metering demonstration projects
- In coordination with the OEB, review market rules, industry codes and regulations, in order to identify potential obstacles to fair competition for energy storage with other technologies in the delivery of services, and where appropriate, propose mitigation strategies
- Identify options for pilot projects that evaluate the electricity system benefits, costs and GHG emission reductions of using electricity to create hydrogen
- Develop a formal integrated bulk system planning process that ensures solutions are identified transparently as needs materialize. The process shall also include a coordinated, cost-effective, long-term approach to replacing transmission assets at end-of-life.
- Develop a competitive transmitter selection or transmission procurement process that is transparent, efficient and able to respond to changing policy, market and system needs
- Review and report on the regional planning process, taking into account lessons learned, and provide options and recommendations
- Review and report on technical criteria used to assess customer reliability in order to identify and evaluate options for local area enhancements.
Detailed engagement plans will be developed for each directive initiative, with the exception of the First Nation and Métis Support and Conservation programs as they are nearing completion. The detailed engagement plans will include specific activities, timelines, forums and methods, consistent with the timelines established in the Implementation Plan. Each engagement will include an open public engagement component in adherence with IESO Engagement Principles and all activities will be communicated through the weekly IESO Bulletin and the Active Engagements section of IESO website.
More information on the Implementation Plan engagement initiative is found on the engagement webpage.