1. How can we promote…


1. How can we promote transparency, accountability and effectiveness of energy planning and decision making under a new planning framework?

a. More collaboration
b. Continue regional electricity forums
c. City should be more involved in localized programs
d. Planning without Borders
i. Collaborate with nearby districts
ii. Shared best practices
iii. Municipalities sharing case studies, to be shared by IESO

2. What overarching goals and objectives should be recognized in a renewed planning framework?

a. More alignment with overarching zero carbon goals, targets and objectives involving all stakeholders. (e.g. LDCs)
b. No more fossil fuel plants for electricity generation
3. What respective roles should each of the Government, IESO, and OEB hold in energy decision making and long term planning?
a. Committee to make terms of reference
b. Establish timelines to review roles

4. What kind of decisions should be made by technical planners at the IESO and the OEB as regulators?
a. Regulator should be seeking more insights towards stakeholder goals and objectives and type of impact in terms of implementations and how the regulator (IESO) can help to facilitate to achieve these goals and objectives
i. Criteria for approval that takes into account stakeholder goals and objectives
b. Community LDC was mentioned at the IESO electricity forum which means more community involvement for non-wire solutions and reducing energy costs.
i. Renewable energy, Batteries, Gen sets, Renewable Natural Gas
c. Electric vehicle charging installations add to the grid. More input/guidance from technical planners for EV charging station locations to optimize grid usage.

5. What types of decisions should require government direction or approval?
a. Any decision at the municipal level that impacts the grid (peak demand)
b. Any regulatory specific project such as renewables in locations without infrastructure in place.
i. Solar farms in Ontario

6. Are there gaps in the IESO and OEB’s mandates and objectives that limit their ability to effectively lead long-term planning?
a. Effective coordination to handle projects
b. Regarding 2009 FIT program, as tech gets more cost effective and more energy efficient, this would trigger demand for more regulation to ensure that it’s level playing field

7. Should certain planning processes or decisions by the IESO, the OEB, or the government receive additional scrutiny, for example through legislative oversight or review by an expert committee?
a. legislative oversight should be required
b. the consumers should be involved in the Ontario Energy Board oversight
c. Committee to assess the program is fair and equitable based on location. Controversy for localized programs with respect to fairness. More transparency on why programs are localized.
i. Diverse neighbourhoods
d. Fair electricity pricing and renewables. Oversight to move to a zero carbon environment/structure

8. How often and in what form should government provide policy guidance and direction to facilitate effective long-term energy planning?
a. Consumer needs and objectives should be explored
b. Current: Annual planning outlook, conservation frameworks (5years)
c. Should be some short term reviews. Suggest 3-4 year period for updates
i. Taking into account the LTEP writing process including stakeholder consultations, we would encourage the time between LTEPs be shortened if possible

9. How do we ensure effective and meaningful Indigenous participation in energy sector decision-making?
a. Incentives for the community to be involved in decision making
b. More awareness of energy planning to Indigenous groups