Our Priorities

To drive positive change that customers need, policymakers must consider the following five priorities:

  1. Keep the Customer First
  2. Cut Red Tape
  3. Drive Local Hydro Innovation Forward
  4. Respect Community Decision-Making
  5. Expand Local Energy Conservation

Download our policy papers for a deeper dive into the EDA’s policy recommendations for Ontario’s distribution sector.

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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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