On May 6, 2012, Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Bob Chiarelli, sent a letter to both the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) requesting that both organizations work together to develop recommendations for a new integrated regional energy planning process. Ontario’s new government is hoping to improve the way in which large energy projects are planned, sited and built across the province and hopes that these two entities can provide recommendations that will help Ontario build energy infrastructure through a process that will have formal inputs from municipalities, Aboriginal communities, other stakeholders in the development process and the energy sector. The OPA and the IESO are expected to report back to the Minister with their recommendations by August 1, 2013. The Minister has specifically requested that the report contain details on how to “implement regional energy plans, including: suggested consultations, required policy and regulatory changes, as well as implementation timelines.”
The full details of the request can be found here. Stay tuned to this blog as well will continue to provide updates as this story develops.