Re: Pathways to Decarbonization (ERO 019-6647) - Regulatory Approvals:
11 May 2023
Late last year, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) released its Pathways to Decarbonization Study in response to the Minister of Energy’s request to evaluate a moratorium on the procurement of new natural gas-fired generation and develop an achievable pathway to zero emissions in the electricity sector. [...] ➢ With regard to Indigenous communities, consultations should be held early and often, in a manner consistent with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. [...] Natural Gas: Do you believe additional investment in clean energy resources should be made in the short term to reduce the energy production of natural gas plants, even if this will increase costs to the electricity system and ratepayers? ➢ Through long-term planning, the Ontario government’s role is to define clear objectives – related to reliability, affordability, and sustainability – while all. [...] o Continue providing the IESO and Ontario Energy Board (OEB) with the mandates and tools needed to enable participation of more technologies by updating the electricity market and regulatory frameworks. [...] Notably, the new infrastructure costs outlined in the Pathways scenario of the IESO’s study (in the range of $375 billion to $400 billion) do not include investments required in the distribution system, as the IESO’s mandate is focused on bulk system needs.