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Ontario electrical utilities plan for energy conservation

January 27, 2015 | By Renée Francoeur

January 27 2015 – Almost all 70 utility members of the Electricity Distributors Association have now signed Energy Conservation Agreements (ECAs) with the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator, the EDA announced today.

In these agreements, the utilities commit to deliver conservation programs that will achieve a seven terawatt-hour reduction in provincial electricity use by the end of 2020.

They must prepare a conservation plan to achieve a specific conservation target within its service territory over a six-year period. Targets have been determined with reference to “achievable potential” assessments specific to individual service territories, said the EDA.

Carrying out these goals will result in the province-wide electricity-use reduction of seven terawatt hours, the EDA added, which is equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by about 700,000 typical Ontario homes in a year.

“Conservation is a collective effort in which all Ontarians have to play a role and from which we can all benefit,” EDA Chair Jim Hogan said. “We believe the new framework for 2015-2020 gives us the tools we need to succeed, and local electricity distributors are pleased to step up and lead this effort.”
Conservation plans are to be filed by May 1, 2015.

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