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Active Engagements

The IESO is committed to an open, two-way dialogue with stakeholders and communities to help understand their views about proposed changes that may affect them.

Status of Active Engagements

The following is a list of all active engagements, together with upcoming events.

All engagement initiatives relating to Market Renewal can be found in the Market Renewal section.

See also Completed Engagements.

Active Engagements Summary Status Date
May 2020 Stakeholder Engagement Meetings

Multiple engagements will be discussed over the course of these meeting dates, grouping engagements by topic to maximize stakeholder participation and create linkages and information sharing across initiatives. Participants can participate in all discussions or elect to participate in only some.

Webinar
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May 20, 2020
May 21, 2020
Capacity Auction

The IESO is committed to working with stakeholders to explore and implement competitive mechanisms, such as auctions, to secure the products and services it requires to operate the grid reliably and efficiently now and into the future. Aligned with our commitment to increase competition, the IESO is proposing to adopt a phased approach to evolve the Capacity Auction while taking into consideration the unique nature of Ontario’s electricity system.

 

Development of an IESO Competitive Transmission Procurement Process

The IESO invites feedback to aid in the development of an IESO competitive transmission procurement process. During the development of this process, the IESO will seek feedback from a broad spectrum of parties with an understanding of transmission procurement and/or transmission development, whether in Ontario or in other jurisdictions, or those parties with an interest in participating in Ontario’s competitive transmission procurement process.

Energy Efficiency Auction Pilot

The IESO seeks feedback from stakeholders on the design of a pilot auction for procuring energy efficiency. Specific pilot learning objectives are to assess the interest and ability of different sectors to participate, discover the price for energy efficiency when competition for delivery is enabled, and gain a better understanding of various implementation issues.

 

Feedback Due
June 9, 2020
Energy Payments for Economic Activation of DR Resources

Through this engagement, the IESO will seek feedback from stakeholders on the research and analysis required to determine whether there is a net benefit to electricity ratepayers if demand response resources are compensated with energy payments for economic activations.


Feedback Due
June 11, 2020
Energy Storage Advisory Group

The Energy Storage Advisory Group will perform an advisory role to support and assist the IESO in evolving policy, rules, processes and tools to better enable the integration of storage resources within the current structure of the IESO-administered market. 

Feedback Due
June 10, 2020
Expanding Participation in Operating Reserve and Energy

Through this engagement, the IESO will explore market development options to enable further resource participation in the operating reserve and energy markets. This engagement began as a Market Development Advisory Group work plan initiative.

 

Next Webinar
May 21, 2020
Formalizing the Integrated Bulk System Planning Process

The IESO is seeking feedback from communities and stakeholders on the design of a formal integrated bulk system planning process.

 


IESO Bill Presentment Review

The IESO was asked to review and report back on ways to improve billing and settlement processes for market participants. The IESO is seeking feedback from stakeholders as we conduct this review. The scope of this engagement is on final monthly invoices to settle the physical electricity markets issued by the IESO pursuant to the market rules.

Improving Accessibility of Operating Reserve

The IESO intends to discuss and seek feedback from stakeholders on an issue related to Operating Reserve (OR), whereby the amount of OR scheduled is not fully accessible.


Feedback Due
April 30, 2020
Innovation and Sector Evolution White Paper Series

The IESO intends to develop and release a series of white papers called the Innovation and Sector Evolution White Paper Series. These white papers are intended to support the creation of a shared, fact-based understanding of emerging economic, technical, environmental, and social issues, opportunities and trends.

 

Feedback Due
February 13, 2020
Regional Electricity Planning - Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph

A new regional planning cycle is underway for the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph region. This engagement initiative will provide interested parties with an opportunity to offer input for consideration into the development of a long-term electricity plan for the region, anticipated to be completed in Q4 2020.

Regional Electricity Planning - Windsor Essex

The regional electricity planning cycle for Windsor-Essex was completed in September 2019 with the publication of a long-term electricity plan - Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP).  Engagement will continue on an Addendum Study that is examining specific electricity infrastructure in the Town of Kingsville and Municipality of Leamington, expected to be complete in Q3 2020.

Regional Electricity Planning - Ottawa Area Sub Region

The regional planning cycle for the Ottawa Area sub-region was completed in February 2020 with the posting of an Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) for the sub-region. Subsequent to the release of this IRRP, the Technical Working Group will undertake an IRRP Addendum Study, which will integrate with the IESO’s ongoing Bulk Transmission Study. Opportunities for engagement will be identified as the studies develop.

Market Development Advisory Group

The Market Development Advisory Group (MDAG) which will support IESO efforts to evolve the Ontario electricity market, beyond the Market Renewal Program, to cost-effectively ensure reliability in the near and longer terms.

Feedback Due
April 27, 2020
MRP Energy Detailed Design Engagement

The Energy work stream of the Market Renewal Program will improve the way electricity is priced and scheduled in order to meet Ontario’s energy needs reliably, transparently and efficiently. This engagement is focused on developing the specific changes and details required in the detailed design phase of work to implement the Energy stream enhancements in the IESO-Administered Market.


Feedback Due
May 21, 2020
Planning Outlook

The IESO is launching a new engagement initiative on the development of a Planning Outlook. The Planning Outlook is part of our efforts to build transparency into our planning processes by providing updated information to the market to enable more informed decisions. There will be opportunities in the engagement to provide feedback on components of the Planning Outlook and for the sector to learn more about IESO planning processes.

Regional Electricity Planning – East Lake Superior

Regional electricity planning in the East Lake Superior region is underway. This engagement initiative will provide interested parties with an opportunity to offer input for consideration into the elements of the regional planning process.

 

Webinar
June 4, 2020
Regional Electricity Planning - Greater Bruce Huron

Regional electricity planning in the Greater Bruce/Huron region is underway. This engagement initiative will provide interested parties with an opportunity to offer input for consideration into the elements of the regional planning process.

Regional Electricity Planning - Peterborough to Kingston

Regional electricity planning in the Peterborough to Kingston region is underway. This engagement initiative will provide interested parties with an opportunity to offer input for consideration into the elements of an Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) anticipated to be complete in Q4 2021.

 

Regional Planning Review Process

The IESO is seeking feedback from stakeholders and communities to consider lessons learned and findings from the previous cycle of Regional Planning and other regional planning development initiatives, such as pilots and studies.

 

Feedback Due
March 27, 2020
Regional Electricity Planning - GTA West (Peel/Halton)

Regional electricity planning in the Peel/Halton region is underway. This engagement initiative will provide interested parties with an opportunity to offer input for consideration into the elements of an Integrated Regional Resource Plan (IRRP) anticipated to be complete in early 2021.

 

Resource Adequacy Engagement

The IESO seeks feedback from stakeholders about what tools are needed, in addition to capacity auctions, to achieve resource adequacy. Discussions are aimed to determine the risks, challenges, opportunities and solutions to meet Ontario’s long term adequacy needs in a competitive and transparent way.

Transmission Assets End of Life

The IESO will be seeking feedback from stakeholders and communities on a draft process for collecting information on asset end-of-life, or expected service life from transmission asset owners. The draft process also identifies a set of criteria for determining if an asset replacement need may benefit from consideration in a bulk or regional planning processes.

 

Transmission Rights Market Review

As part of the TR Market Review stakeholder engagement, the IESO will work with stakeholders to determine what changes may be required to maximize the efficiency of the TR market and to ensure that the TR market is aligned and compatible with the renewed energy market in the future.

Feedback Due
June 11, 2020
Updates to Performance Requirements: Market Rule Appendices 4.2 and 4.3

The IESO proposes to update Appendices 4.2 and 4.3 of the Market Rules to mitigate identified potential operational concerns related to the increased penetration of distributed energy resources, and to clarify the performance requirements for inverter-based resources. The IESO is seeking feedback from stakeholders on these proposed updates.

Feedback Due
April 21, 2020
MRP Update Meeting

The aim of the MRP Update Meetings is to inform a broad range of stakeholders of the activities and decisions being made in the technical engagement streams, engage on MRP-wide items such as the business case, discuss the stakeholder review of draft market rule language required for implementation and communicate all relevant training and market trial opportunities that will take place before the program's implementation.

 

Next Webinar
May 21, 2020