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Enabling Resources Program

Resource Acquisition

Based on stakeholder feedback received through various engagements and the Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC), the IESO has identified a need to revise its approach to engaging with stakeholders on enabling emerging and evolving resource types. This will capture not only research from the engagement on Expanding Participation in Operating Reserve and Energy (EPOR-E), but learnings from other forums such as the Energy Storage Advisory Group and Demand Response Working Group, and projects such as the Storage Design Project and the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) white paper series. This expanded engagement is the Enabling Resources Program.

The Enabling Resources Program will produce an integrated plan that will outline the sequencing, timing and scope of activities to be undertaken by the IESO to enable existing electricity resources to provide electricity system services in the renewed Ontario wholesale market that they cannot, or cannot fully, currently provide. The plan will consider:

  • The timing, quantity (MW), and capability, that would be made available by each enablement opportunity;
  • The timing and magnitude of forecasted system needs;
  • Potential interrelationships between enablement opportunities; and
  • IESO capacity for additional initiatives.

It is expected that a number of distinct projects will be launched under the Enabling Resources umbrella to realize priority resource enablement opportunities. In the interest of continued progress, the IESO will also host parallel engagements to support the scoping of solutions on two resource enablement opportunities: market integration of hybrid storage-generation resources and the DER Roadmap (with the Enabling Resources plan to determine timeline for implementing solutions).

The IESO encourages all interested parties to participate in this engagement. The IESO anticipates that this initiative will be of particular interest to current and prospective market participants and resource developers. To be added to the email list for communications related to this engagement or to submit comments and enquiries, please email

Schedule of Activities

Anticipated timing for this engagement is presented below.

Date Engagement Activity Expected Actions

August 18, 2022

Final Engagement Summary Report



December 16, 2021

IESO will present the Enabling Resources Work Plan outlining the timing and scope of work it will undertake to further integrate emerging resources in the IESO-Administered Markets, including hybrid generation-storage, storage, and Distributed Energy Resources.

Recorded Presentation

This webinar was presented during the IESO's December stakeholder engagement sessions, see full agenda for more information.

September 21, 2021


Engagement webinar:

  • Provide update on the next steps of the draft Enabling Resources work plan
  • Presentation

Recorded Presentation

This webinar was presented during the IESO's September stakeholder engagement sessions, see full agenda for more information.

May 12, 2021

Deadline for stakeholder feedback on materials presented at the April 21 webinar.

July 28, 2021: IESO Response to Stakeholder Feedback


April 21, 2021

Engagement webinar:

  • IESO to share highest priority projects and timing needs and seek stakeholder feedback on draft conclusions.
  • Presentation
  • Feedback form

Recorded Presentation

This webinar was presented during the IESO's April stakeholder engagement sessions, see full agenda for more information.

April 1, 2021

 Engagement launched


February 17, 2021

Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) presentation to gather SAC member feedback on the proposed methodology for prioritizing projects