Earlier today the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines formally launched a public consultation on the Environmental Registry to refocus Ontario’s Long-term energy planning framework. The intent of this consultation is to inform the Ministry’s deliberations in considering ways “to increase the effectiveness, transparency and accountability of energy decision-making in Ontario.”
The posting can be found here.
This consultation follows the January 1st repeal of O.Reg 355/17, the regulation compelling the release of a new Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) every three years. It also reinforces the government’s desire to base energy planning squarely on the principals of affordability, certainty and cost-effectiveness in the best interests of customers.
Whereas the former LTEP process would have engaged stakeholders in the development of government plans and policies, informed by outlooks produced by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), and subsequently involving directives to the IESO and the Ontario Energy Board, the current consultation considers the potential to empower the IESO and OEB, rather than the government, to lead energy policy and planning in the province. To consider this transition, the Ministry is “also considering whether the IESO and the OEB have the appropriate mandates and authorities to undertake an expanded planning and resource acquisition role. This could include the development of a new approval or review process for certain types of government policy-decisions.”
While not exhaustive, the posting contains a number of guiding questions for stakeholders to consider:
Comments will be accepted to the Ministry until April 27, 2021.
We look forward to assisting clients in participating in this process. Please contact your Sussex associate should you have any questions.