2021-2024 Conservation and Demand Management Framework

The 2021-2024 Conservation and Demand Management Framework (CDM) will help the province to cost-effectively meet its electricity system needs through the delivery of programs, training and other mechanisms that enable Ontario’s electricity consumers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, businesses, institutions and industrial facilities. As the province starts to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19, energy usage is changing. Programs under the framework provide continued opportunities for electricity consumers to save on energy costs and to address not only bulk system needs and customer needs, but local and regional electricity needs across Ontario as well. A total of 440 MW of peak demand savings and 2.7 TWh of electricity savings is expected to be achieved through the four-year framework. 

In response to feedback from the marketplace and from customers, greater emphasis on supporting customer-driven projects and advancing energy management practices within organizations will be applied. The IESO intends to introduce more program changes – such as additional measures and new delivery approaches – beginning in July 2021 and continuing throughout the four-year framework.

Competition will play a greater role in the second half of the framework, to seek out flexibility and innovation from the marketplace. An open call for customer-driven solutions is scheduled for 2022, and will provide an opportunity for industrial electricity users to pursue custom solutions to reduce their electricity consumption.

Current programs under the framework include:

For more information please visit the Save on Energy website. 

For more information on the framework, including a detailed breakdown of program budgets and energy savings and peak demand targets expected to be achieved, view the CDM Framework Program Plan.