TORONTO, March 31, 2014 /CNW/ - The Electricity Distributors
Association's (EDA) welcomes the new provincial conservation framework,
announced tonight by Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli at the
association's annual general meeting.
"The minister's announcement lines up well with what we've advocated
for, and we commend him for hearing us and acting on our
recommendations," says EDA President and CEO Charlie Macaluso. "If the
framework as outlined is fully implemented, we expect to see more
locally responsive and effective conservation programming."
Today's announcement responds favourably to the EDA's call for a
leadership role for the province's electricity distribution companies
in the design, development and delivery of conservation programs. This
will harness their demonstrated capacity for innovation,
cost-effectiveness and customer responsiveness. And it will mark a
departure from the approach to date which relies on mandatory and
Under the new framework, local distributors will be required to deliver
conservation programs comprehensively across all types of customers.
"This is a major responsibility," says EDA Chair Jim Hogan. "It's also
one that we are confident in taking on and believe our members are
uniquely well qualified to deliver on."
And while the Ontario Power Authority will retain program approval
responsibilities, a new 60-day service guarantee will ensure prompt
decisions in this regard. "We're seeing welcome evidence here of an
effort to balance scrutiny with efficiency and simplicity," notes
Long-term, stable funding will be assured for distributor-delivered
conservation programs, likely tied to allocated responsibilities for
achievement of an overall target of seven terawatt hours. Programs will
be required to demonstrate positive cost-benefit impacts.
Extensive work remains ahead to more precisely define implementation
details, including the pending release of ministerial directives to the
key regulatory bodies. The EDA and its membership will be closely
engaged in this process. The framework will cover a six-year period
beginning in 2015 with a mid-term review in 2018.
"There's a lot of work ahead to flesh out this framework, but we are
certainly pleased with the direction the minister outlined for us
tonight," says Hogan. "This signals a very significant shift in
Ontario's conservation strategy - and it puts the prime responsibility
in the hands of local utilities who are best equipped to deliver on the
province's conservation needs. "
The Electricity Distributors Association is the voice of Ontario's local
electricity distributors, the publicly and privately owned companies
that safely and reliably deliver electricity to nearly five million
Ontario homes, businesses and public institutions.
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SOURCE: Electricity Distributors Association
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