A new Electricity Distributors Association report calls for a
comprehensive review of the electricity sector and provides a roadmap
to initiate sector-wide discussion.
TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - The Electricity Distributors Association
of Ontario (EDA) today released its report, Electricity is the Answer, which offers ten recommendations for re-tooling the sector that will lead to
economic development, investment and jobs. The report also proposes
changes to regulation that can lead to cost savings, innovation and
better system reliability.
"Electricity will power Ontario's future, but the current structure and
regulation of the province's electricity sector stifles much-needed
innovation and investment," says Jim Keech, Chair of the EDA. "Our
sector has to get ready for new technologies like electric vehicles and
ever-increasing consumer demand."
The report calls on the provincial government to:
Review the relationship between the government, the electricity industry
and its regulatory agencies; the report proposes that an arms-length
relationship is best suited to promote efficiency and more effective
Remove regulatory restrictions that prevent local electricity utilities
from providing other services like municipal water and sewer which can
lead to cost savings.
Consider an evolutionary approach as the preferred model, as major
restructuring of transmission and distribution is not warranted at this
Consider merging the Independent Electricity System Operator and the
Ontario Power Authority or rationalizing their responsibilities.
Streamline the regulation of electricity delivery to remove barriers to
investment in system repair and upgrades
Allow local utilities more flexibility to design and deliver
conservation programs that meet their customers' needs.
"Everything about electricity is changing - the way we make it, move it,
measure it and use it," Keech adds. "The government needs to seize this
opportunity and start managing the electricity sector as an
opportunity, not a problem. We need input from all electricity industry
players to create a reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity
system for the future."
The full report is available on the EDA Website at www.eda-on.ca
The Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) is the voice of Ontario's
local electricity distributors, the publicly and privately owned
companies that safely and reliably deliver electricity to over 4.7
million Ontario homes, businesses and public institutions.
SOURCE Electricity Distributors Association
For further information:
contact the EDA's Manager of Marketing, Communications and Media Relations, Kathryn Quail at (905) 265-5337.