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Ontario finalizes its Electrification and Energy Transition Panel

November 28, 2022  By Anthony Capkun



November 28, 2022 – Ontario says it is planning for the long-term reliability and affordability of the province’s clean energy supply. Helping the province in this task is the Electrification and Energy Transition Panel, which recently appointed its final members.

Joining the panel are Dr. Monica Gattinger and Chief Emeritus Emily Whetung. They join David Collie (chair).

Collie most recently served as president & CEO of the Electrical Safety Authority. Gattinger is director, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, at the University of Ottawa. Whetung practiced Real Estate Law, and was elected chief of Curve Lake First Nation from 2019-2022.

The panel will advise government on the highest-value short-, medium-, and long-term opportunities for the energy sector to help Ontario’s economy prepare for electrification and the energy transition. The goal is to help enable investment, job creation and skills development in Ontario by keeping energy rates low, and creating a more predictable and competitive investment environment.

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This group is also expected to identify opportunities to strengthen Ontario’s long-term energy planning process “by better coordinating the fuels and the electricity sector”. To support this work, the Ministry of Energy is commissioning an independent Cost-Effective Energy Pathways Study to help better understand how Ontario’s energy sector can best support electrification and the energy transition.

The panel’s work will be supported by Howard Wetston K.C., whose experience includes serving as chair and CEO of the Ontario Energy Board and the Ontario Securities Commission, as well as the Senate of Canada (2016-2022).


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