IESO Regional Electricity Forum - January 20, 2021

The IESO's annual Regional Electricity Forum brings a cross section of community and business audiences as well as associations and electricity sector organizations to explore opportunities for the future evolution of Ontario's electricity sector. In particular, the Forum brought a dialogue about how electricity can be harnessed to support the growth, resiliency and vibrancy among communities across Ontario.

The fourth annual Forum looked a little different this year. This online event presented an opportunity to gather Regional Electricity Network members from across Ontario together, virtually, as well as tailor discussions to address the specific characteristics of the five regions across Ontario.

The theme of this year's event was Strengthening Communities Through Energy Choices. The agenda included a lineup of speakers to provide an overview of Ontario's electricity system as well as information to explore what is needed to support future growth and development among communities. To spur discussion throughout the day, community representatives provided perspectives about initiatives being planned or underway to support local energy needs.

The January 20, 2021 Forum was held in two parts - a morning forum as well as five separate Regional Network discussions to tackle regional issues/priorities.

Regional Electricity Forum - Summary Report

Here are the meeting materials and recorded presentations:

Morning Forum session (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.):Recent electricity trends and initiatives facing Ontario's electricity sector

Regional Network meetings (1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.): An opportunity for like-minded community representatives to gather and discuss specific priorities and opportunities facing each region

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Anonymous's avatar
Dec 2, 2020 - 12:12

With increased and more severe storms, what are the short and long term mitigation plans to address falling trees and branches over residential hydro lines? Is our system ready to take advantage of what might be a significant switchover to electric vehicles in the next 5-15 years? Large tracts of land under hydro corridors and in Downsview Park seem ripe for development of photovoltaics. Are there any plans to take advantage of these lands to generate more local electricity in North York?
Thanks,
Stephan

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IESO Community Engagement
Dec 3, 2020 - 11:07

Electrification and local energy sources are great topics for discussion at the forum. Did you see that last year’s Annual Planning Outlook which projected EVs to increase significantly over the next 20 years? Check it out here - Annual Planning Outlook .  Looking forward to hearing more of your views at the forum. Thanks for your comments.

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Anonymous's avatar
Dec 10, 2020 - 09:39

I would second Stephan's request and expand the scope to southwester Ontario.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jan 16, 2021 - 14:23

Unfortunately, about 99.9% of Canadians don't know that trees are falling, trees are dying at younger ages, the dead trees are generating about a 5% bad carbon now. The dying and falling trees are not just affecting some power lines, but that are hitting cars driving down the road, they are killing people when the odd tree kills someone. Many of the forestry responsible people in cities and communities across and throughout Canada, thing dying trees is just normal and let the insects eat them away. The insects love the daily food from the dead trees, but it is going to take thousands of years for the insects to remove the trees from Canada's ground and with the continued increase in dying trees, Canada will need millions of more bugs to clean up this mess or the forestry management across and throughout Canada could take action now and when a tree falls, turn those trees into clean wood chips that can produce clean and safe Biomass Combined Heat and Power. I have been walking daily through a beautiful and well maintained city park for over 6 and my only disappointment has been the forestry management just thinks the insects will take care of the dead trees and it won't cost the park anything. If the park allows a biomass company to clean up their dead wood in the park and also throughout their city, that is the proper way of handling dead trees, while helping to create clean safe combined heat and electricity that is ZERO CARBON.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jan 8, 2021 - 21:12

Raising the threshold from 10kv to 25kv before requiring a Line Impact Assessment would be a reasonable way to support carbon consumption reduction in residential homes. I know this suggestion applies to Hydro One. Could the IESO facilitate eliminating this cost barrier?

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Anonymous's avatar

Integrated Resource Planning was introduced in the 1990s to specially include investment in demand side resources like electricy efficiency and behind the meter generation in grid planning. The current IESO IRRP process cannot really be called integrated resource planning because in just assumes a demand forecast, thereby excluding possible optimal "non-wires" options such as incentives for efficiency, demand management, net metered solar, and customer energy storage. Are there plans to include demand side options in future IRRPs? This would mean including government agencies that are directing demand side programs in the planning process, and acting with them on implementing the optimal plan for each region. It would result in much more effective planning in Onario and minimize the cost of meeting future demand and climate goals.

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Anonymous's avatar
Jan 13, 2021 - 15:23

What are some of the best viable, non-petroleum backed-up, cost-effective alternatives being considered for rural, remote and high-use/high-demand areas, i.e. small modular reactors? When could these options be available in Ontario?

Since 2009, there has been a significant investment in natural gas plants in Ontario. What was the available capacity in 2009 compared with the present capacity?

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Anonymous's avatar
Jan 16, 2021 - 14:59

We have growing and needed clean options to support Alternative Energy. We have a clean Waste-to-Energy solution that is sizable from 10 MWs to over 150 MWs. The W-t-E system uses between 30 and 35% of the waste to cleanly fuel their W-t-E system to provide clean and carbon free combined heat and power, 55 to 60% of the remaining waste can create a clean and efficient compose that is needed throughout Canada to help Canada's agricultural industry. The rest of the waste will have to go to a clean landfill. Cities, towns and communities throughout and across Canada are starting to realize that their present landfills are getting full and they are subject to explosion because of the aged old waste.

We are also bring forward a new and leading clean and safe electricity system that does not require sun, water, wind, biomass, nuclear, diesel or coal to fuel it. They are project sized to service homes with electricity and electrical heat, to servicing large buildings, hospitals, schools, apartments, mines, etc. with the clean safe power they need over the next 50 years.

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Anonymous's avatar
Feb 1, 2021 - 10:29

I would like to add to my early response, that W-t-E can be customized in these Greenhouse areas. The waste from the greenhouses will vary depending on what they are growing. Their waste must be treated and the moisture must be reduced. The waste from the Greenhouse will not provide the biomass needed to provide the power demand they need. Other waste streams can be available sorted by the local waste management companies. Or, a very good biomass could be grown in the Leamington area to provide an excellent biomass with a high calorific value to be mixed with the waste from the greenhouses. Miscanthus can be mixed with the waste from the greenhouses and other waste provided from the Waste companies. Working together in HARMONY will we greatly reduce carbon for the protection of our youth and seniors.

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