To drive positive change that customers need, policymakers must consider the following five priorities:
- Keep the Customer First
- Cut Red Tape
- Drive Local Hydro Innovation Forward
- Respect Community Decision-Making
- Expand Local Energy Conservation
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Keep the customer first
- Across our province, hydro customers demand greater value and more control over their electricity usage and bills.
- Customers are showing a growing interest in distributed energy, and want more choice to self-generate renewable power.
- Local hydro utilities are best positioned to extend existing relationships and manage local energy services for customers, while protecting customers’ privacy and overall interests.
Cut red tape
- Ontario’s local hydro utilities continue to expand their hold on leading edge technologies and build their capacity for renewable energy.
- To sustain this momentum, the province’s regulatory structure must be flexible to allow local hydro utilities to adapt to rapidly evolving market conditions.
- A regulatory framework needs to facilitate the process for utilities building capacity for distributed energy resources.
Drive Local Hydro Innovation Forward
- Ontario can drive innovation by helping local hydro utilities assume a critical function in the province’s energy transition.
- Over the next 10 to 15 years, local hydro utilities will enable, control and integrate distributed energy resources and storage technologies within their service territory.
- Local hydro utilities will continue to work with community members and businesses to ensure greater cost savings, choice, and added convenience.
Respect Community Decision-Making
- Ontario communities have local autonomy to explore transaction options for their local hydro utility.
- To date, some municipal shareholders have decided to sell, a few have acquired utilities, others have opted to merge and many have chosen to stand alone.
- Communities must continue to have autonomy to make their own choice within a flexible environment about the future of their local hydro.
Expand Local Energy Conservation
- Ontario’s local hydro utilities support the move to a low carbon economy by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and electricity use.
- In recent years, local hydro utilities have shaped a culture of conservation in the province.
- In the years ahead, the province must continue to empower local hydro utilities to cultivate an even stronger conservation culture that has immediate and long-term benefits for customers.
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