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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.

The information on this page includes only the contents of the directives issued by the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. It does not include the contents of each associated Executive Council of Ontario Order in Council. To request a copy of an original Executive Council of Ontario Order in Council and directive, please contact customer.relations@ieso.ca, providing the name and date of the directive, and advise whether it needs to be provided in an accessible format. Please allow a minimum of one business day for a response.


October 7, 2021

Minister Issues Letter to IESO Regarding the Future of Natural Gas Generation

The Ministry of Energy has asked the IESO to evaluate a moratorium on procurements of new natural gas generating stations in Ontario and develop a pathway to zero emissions in the electricity sector.


August 27, 2021

IESO to Draft a Contract for Oneida Battery Park Project

Ontario’s Minister of Energy has asked the IESO to proceed with drafting a ten-year contract with NRStor Inc. and Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp. for their proposed 250-megawatt Oneida Battery Storage facility, to be located in Haldimand County.

The Minister’s letter asked the IESO to submit a drafted final contract for consideration before November 30, 2021, prior to a potential Minister’s Directive to execute a final contract.


June 10, 2021

Minister Issues Letter to IESO to Extend Conservation First Framework

The IESO has received a Ministerial directive that enables the IESO to further extend timelines for completion of certain projects under the now terminated Conservation First Framework (CFF) to December 31, 2021. The additional extension is intended to offset the disruptions that continue to be caused by COVID-19 and provide stability for participants and those businesses involved in delivering conservation and demand management programs.


May 31, 2021

Minister Issues Letter to IESO Regarding Future System Needs

The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines has asked the IESO to proceed in putting forward its plans for resource acquisition to address Ontario’s emerging system needs based on the outcomes of the IESO’s Resource Adequacy Engagement.


May 13, 2021

Minister Asks IESO to Pursue Contract Negotiations for Lake Erie Connector Project

The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines has asked the IESO to enter into contract negotiations with ITC on its Lake Erie Connector project which would establish a new 1000 MW underwater transmission intertie between Ontario and Pennsylvania, in the PJM service area.


May 7, 2021

COVID-19 impacts on the Conservation First Framework
The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines has issued a letter to signal the government’s consideration of options to help mitigate the continued impacts of COVID-19 to eligible projects under the now terminated Conservation First Framework. More information regarding relief for participants is anticipated later this spring.  


February 22, 2021

Minister asks IESO to Explore Agreement for Oneida Battery Park Project
The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines has asked the IESO to enter into contract negotiations with NRStor Inc. and Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp. to explore a ten-year agreement for their proposed 250 megawatt Oneida Battery Storage facility, to be located in Haldimand County.


January 15, 2021
IESO to Report to Ministry on Potential Calstock Extension
The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines has asked the IESO to enter into discussions with Atlantic Power on options for a new five-year contract for the Calstock biomass generating facility to support a longer-term transition plan for the forestry sector. The existing agreement between Atlantic Power and the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation was previously extended to address the economic impact on the community of shutting down the facility. The agreement has now been extended an additional 12 months, to December 2021, to allow sufficient time for discussions with the IESO to take place. 


September 30, 2020
2021-2024 Conservation and Demand Management Framework

The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines has directed the IESO to implement a 2021-2024 Conservation and Demand Management Framework launching the week of January 4, 2021. The new framework will be centrally-delivered by the IESO under the Save on Energy brand and will include incentive programs targeted to those who need them most, including opportunities for commercial, industrial, institutional, on-reserve First Nations, and income-eligible electricity consumers.


July 22, 2020
Conservation First Framework timelines extension
The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines has directed the IESO to extend timelines for completion of certain projects and other related deadlines under the Conservation First Framework. These extensions are intended to offset the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and to provide stability for participants.


July 7, 2020

COVID-19 impacts on the Conservation First Framework

To help customers impacted by COVID-19, the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines has issued a letter regarding the government’s intent to potentially enable the IESO to extend program timelines for projects under the Conservation First Framework. The extension will not be available until the IESO receives formal notification through a Ministerial directive.


February 14, 2020
Wind-down of Hydroelectric Contract Initiative (HCI)
The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines has directed that the IESO to immediately discontinue and wind-down the HCI program on a go forward basis.


November 6, 2019

Review of Generation Contracts

The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines with the support of the Associate Minister of Energy has directed the IESO to retain a third party to undertake a targeted review of existing generation contracts to identify opportunities to lower electricity costs. The IESO shall provide a report containing its key findings and recommendations to the Ministry no later than February 28, 2020.


November 6, 2019

IESO Report on Billing Practices, Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) and other matters.

The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines with the support of the Associate Minister of Energy, has written a letter that asks the IESO to review and report back on opportunities to improve billing and settlement processes as well as customer service practices for electricity market participants. The report should also include an assessment of current processes and practices related to GA estimation and peak demand measurement. The report should be provided to ENDM by no later than February 28, 2020.


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.

 

For Directives prior to 2016, please contact customer.relations@ieso.ca.