OPA and IESO call on public and over 1400 stakeholders to share their
TORONTO, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and
Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) invite Ontarians to join
the conversation and share their views about Ontario's regional energy
planning and siting processes.
On May 6, 2013, the Minister of Energy directed the OPA and IESO to work
together to develop recommendations that will ensure municipalities and
communities have a greater voice in meeting local energy needs and
siting large energy infrastructure, such as natural gas plants. http://news.ontario.ca/mei/en/2013/05/new-ontario-government-strengthens-energy-planning.html.
Over the last decade, Ontario's power system has undergone a significant
transformation. After a number of years of energy shortages, Ontarians
today are benefitting from a robust supply of new, clean energy
The OPA and IESO have invited over 1400 people to share their views,
including Ontario chiefs, Métis leaders, mayors, planners, developers,
consumer groups, chambers of commerce and boards of trade, business
improvement associations, residential and ratepayer associations, and
"We are asking for input about how Ontario can improve its engagement
process, integrate municipal and energy planning and site large
electricity infrastructure," explains Colin Andersen, CEO, Ontario
The two organizations will hold in-person engagement sessions across the
province to gather insight and perspectives from the public. Online
engagement tools will also be used to seek feedback from interested
groups, including a series of webinars and a new consultation website.
Input gathered from this engagement process will inform the
recommendations presented to Energy Minister, Bob Chiarelli. The OPA
and IESO have been asked to submit a joint report to the Minister on
August 1, 2013.
"Strong public engagement in regional energy plans will lead to better
decision-making so that future infrastructure is in place where and
when it is needed," added Bruce Campbell, President and CEO,
Independent Electricity System Operator. "The feedback, research and
current experience gathered in the public engagement process will be
essential to developing effective recommendations."
The first webinar for the broader public takes place this week on
Thursday, June 20 from 7 pm to 9 pm. To participate in the webinar by
phone, please dial 1-866-212-9078. To connect on-line, please visit
the following address any time during the webinar: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=645011&s=1&k=A6135888AF87CC701608486F32BF32FB
Ontarians are also invited to submit their views through a survey on the
dedicated website: www.ONregional-planning-and-siting-dialogue.ca. Written submissions are welcome by July 15, 2013. The feedback
received during the engagement process will be posted on this website
for broader review.
The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) manages the
reliability of the provincial power grid and works at the heart of
Ontario's power system, balancing supply and demand through the
electricity market. For more information about the IESO visit www.ieso.ca.
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is responsible for ensuring a
reliable, sustainable supply of electricity for Ontario. Its key areas
of focus are coordinating province-wide conservation efforts, planning
the electricity system for the long term, and contracting for clean
electricity resources. For more information about the OPA visit www.powerauthority.on.ca.
SOURCE: Ontario Power Authority
For further information:
Tim Butters, Ontario Power Authority: 416-969-6307 / Toll Free: 1-800-797-9604
Martine Holmsen, Independent Electricity System Operator: 416-506-2837