Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan

Planning Ontario's Energy Future - A discussion guide to start the conversation

Ontario launched its first Long-Term Energy Plan in 2010. It was reviewed and updated in 2013 with input from people across Ontario.

Ontario’s energy use has changed substantially in the last decade. Our homes, businesses and industries are becoming more efficient. At the same time, we’re exploring new technology and renewable energy sources.

To continue to adapt to these changes, we’re updating our plan. These five principles will guide decision-making:

  • affordability
  • reliability
  • clean energy
  • community and Indigenous engagement
  • conservation and demand management

Between October and December 2016, people across Ontario had the opportunity to provide their feedback through:

What Happens Next

The Ministry of Energy will develop the next Long-Term Energy Plan reflecting on the feedback received during the engagement process and information provided by two technical reports:

The Ministry of Energy will follow the planning process outlined in recent amendments http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=3539 to the Energy Act, 1998, which came into force on July 1, 2016.

The completed Long-Term Energy Plan will be published online and a decision notice will be posted on the Environmental Registry. All of the comments received through the Environmental Registry will be made available when the posting closes with the publication of the updated plan.

Finally, pending cabinet approval of the Long-Term Energy Plan and subsequent implementation directives, the Minister of Energy will:

  • issue directives to the IESO and the Ontario Energy Board asking for implementation plans to meet the plan’s goals and objectives.
  • review the implementation plans to ensure the relevant goals and objectives are achieved in the proposed frameworks.

The implementation plans will expand on the programs and policies described in the Long-Term Energy Plan and outline any resources required.

Resources

Ontario Energy Report

In December 2014, Ontario launched a quarterly energy report, which provides an up-to-date snapshot of the province’s energy sector.

Ontario Planning Outlook

On September 1, 2016, the Independent Electricity System Operator published a technical report, the Ontario Planning Outlook (OPO). A technical report is required under the Electricity Act, 1998. The OPO will support the consultation process and development of a renewed Long-Term Energy Plan. The OPO presents a variety of planning outlooks and scenarios for the electricity sector for the 2016 through 2035 period.

Fuels Technical Report

The Fuels Technical Report (FTR) establishes a comprehensive view of the current state of the fuels sector in Ontario, including a review of fuels consumption and a set of outlooks for the 2016 through 2035 period.