The Independent Electricity System Operator along with Toronto Hydro and a Local Advisory Committee are developing a new plan for how to meet Toronto’s electricity needs, called an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). This is an important opportunity to improve on the current IRP, which fails to put in place the building blocks for a modern energy system in Canada’s largest city.

Fortunately, we now have an opportunity to create a plan that:

  • Ensures we put Conservation First in meeting electricity needs. Improving efficiency is the fastest and lowest cost way to keep our lights on and we can do much more to save energy and lower bills.
  • Ensures our critical infrastructure, including hospitals, care facilities, and transit systems can remain fully operational in the event of a major power outage.
  • Increases our climate resilience by increasing local distributed power production using clean renewable energy, waste heat recovery and other innovative and efficient means. Toronto currently imports the vast majority of power used in the city, leaving it vulnerable to severe weather events or other transmission interruptions.

In particular, Toronto should look at the example being set by New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision process, which is combining initiatives to increase renewable energy, improve energy efficiency and create greater local self reliance.

Similarly, the Preferred Resources Pilot in Orange County, California is looking to blend energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy storage and demand response to meet the county’s growing electricity demand.

OCAA Chair Jack Gibbons has been appointed a member of the Local Advisory Committee (LAC)  for the new Toronto IRP (Click here for a list of LAC members).  LAC meetings are open to the public and we will post the schedule on this page and our Keep Toronto’s Lights On Facebook page. We’re also looking to get your input through the Facebook page as well. 

You can also stay informed by subscribing to our Lights On email list. 

Local Advisory Council Meetings

Thursday, January 28 – 5:15 p.m.
Holiday Inn
Wellesley Room
30 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2E9

Further reading

Below are factsheets and publications that help to describe some of the elements we need in a new Toronto IRP.

Keeping Toronto’s Lights On: A review of the Central Toronto Area Integrated Regional Resource Plan.  This factsheet describes the weaknesses of the current IRP, particularly its failure to put Conservation First and to encourage local power solutions.

Putting Conservation First Into Practice: The Next Two Steps. This factsheet describes what the province needs to do to walk its talk on putting Conservation First.

Ontario’s Electricity Options: A Cost Comparison. This factsheet compares various options for meeting the province’s electricity needs.