Energy Efficiency Programs for First Nation Communities

Nov 1, 2021

Energy efficiency is an important measure in achieving Ontario’s long-term energy goals, promoting energy savings, and helping reduce the overall electricity system demand. Building on the momentum from the launch of the IESO’s Energy Affordability Program (EAP) and to ensure we offer programming that supports Indigenous participation, we designed two new First Nation energy efficiency programs:

First Nation Commercial Building Retrofit Program (FNCBRP)

In response to feedback from First Nations communities, the IESO is launching the First Nation Commercial Building Retrofit Program (FNCBRP) to provide energy-efficiency upgrades in band-owned buildings on reserve. Each participating community will receive up to $100,000 to invest in energy-efficiency projects, at no cost to the community, and will have the support of a virtual energy manager, who will provide technical assessments and project support.  The program is expected to launch early 2022.  

The program was informed by a public engagement, further information about this engagement is available here

Remote First Nation Energy Efficiency Program (RFNEEP)

The IESO is building on the success of the 2020 pilot program and expanding participation in the Remote First Nation Energy Efficiency Program (RFNEEP) to up to 12 more communities that will be connecting to the Ontario electricity grid through the new Wataynikaneyap transmission line. This expanded program will continue to have a residential focus and will include energy audits and installation of energy-efficiency measures in participating communities. The program is anticipated to launch in December 2021.

Energy Affordability Program (EAP)

In January 2021, the IESO launched the Energy Affordability Program (EAP) to help income-qualified Ontario electricity customers improve their home’s energy efficiency and reduce their energy costs. The program provides energy-saving upgrades tailored to the specific needs of participating homes, all at no cost to the participant.  With the recent conclusion of the First Nations Conservation Program (FNCP), income-qualified residents living within a grid-connected First Nation community whom did not have a chance to participate in the FNCP may benefit from EAP. To learn more, please visit the program website.