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To Whom It May Concern: SWITCH and its members appreciate the opportunity to provide input on Ontarios Long-Term Energy

Plan. SWITCH has facilitated sustainable energy development in Southeastern Ontario for over ten years. SWITCH brings together urban and rural businesses, researchers and innovators, educational institutions, the public sector, and a variety of communityminded people working to create a sustainable energy future. Our members are engaged in designing, building, operating and researching sustainable energy solutions in Ontario. The collective energy sector experience of SWITCH and our membership has assisted us in recognizing the following factors as having created unprecedented change in Ontarios electricity system over the past decade:

New technologies Volatile pricing Demand that has not met growth expectations The emergence of renewables and conservation as cost effective options Extreme costs of nuclear refurbishment and gas plant re-location Emergence of Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) as a powerful force Extreme weather caused by climate change Challenges for peak supply Potential for significant growth in the north

Due to these factors, it is clear that Ontario should be making investments that will increase the ability of its power system to adapt to constantly changing conditions. The options that will most effectively provide this flexibility are:

Conservation Renewables Gas combined heat and power (CHP) Increased transmission capacity

SWITCH and its members believe that the following suggestions, if integrated into the Long Term Energy Plan, will help to ensure that our provinces power needs are met sustainably and cost-effectively :


As proposed in the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, require an energy

assessment and rating for the sale of each property to allow buyers to make wellinformed decisions about the operating costs and energy performance of a property before it is purchased, while creating a market-based incentive to invest in conservation measures at all Ontario properties. Make energy bills easier for customers to understand by including only delivery, electricity, and fixed charges. Currently, it is difficult for customers to understand what the true variable cost of energy is by reading a bill. Simplifying the bill and providing comparisons to peers (customers of a similar class) can help to motivate Ontarians to conserve. Roll all costs into the commodity charge so that the incentives for conservation are amplified. Increase the difference between on and off peak rates so there is more incentive for residential customers to change their consumption habits Commit to long-term, stable funding of conservation at local distribution companies (LDCs) to ensure continuity of programs and personnel. Great gains can be made, but any gap in funding after the 2014 target period will lead to layoffs and elimination of capacity to administer conservation programs. Allow LDCs or their contractors to quickly adapt Province-wide programs to fit the needs of their customers. The current process for incremental change and adaptation of OPA conservation programs is bureaucratic and too slow to react to market conditions. Ensure the continuance of the Ontario Power Authority SaveOnEnergy programs Support and replicate the innovations of regional utilities like PowerStream and scaled utilities like Utilities Kingston/Kingston Hydro who have been leaders in increasing conservation Explore multi-utility options for increasing integration of conservation programs Support third party service providers to engage with information provided from new smart meters Encourage funding organizations to provide support to companies that have developed innovative conservation technologies and solutions Continue to make energy efficiency a priority in building code updates

Lift the moratorium on offshore wind to allow for the expansion of this proven

technology Increase policy stability by setting policies and only changing them according to a pre-determined schedule (long term, high capital cost investments like power systems require stable policy and procurement environment) Create a process for municipal concerns about renewable energy projects to be worked out with developers outside of the environmental assessment process

Allow for local engagement early in the project planning process to avoid allocation

of resources to communities that do not support development Address generators concerns regarding Hydro Ones high connection costs, long lead times, lack of customer service help, and perceived obstructionist attitude Require buildings to be solar ready with low-cost conduit and supports as a building code requirement in urban areas. Work with Municipalities to create incentives for builders to site and orient buildings so as to maximize thermal or PV solar applications. Provide incentives for solar hot water systems, both as retrofits and in new build. Create a map of the province identifying areas with potential for large-scale renewable energy development such as wind and solar farms. This will provide local municipalities and residents advance notice that development is a future possibility, reducing the surprise and negative reaction that comes with it.

Gas Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Provide a fixed price for power from CHPs to allow development of district energy

systems Increased Transmission Capacity

Consider stronger transmission interties with neighbouring jurisdictions to access

clean hydro power and reduce need for expensive nuclear refurbishment Move toward a true linking of grids in northern Ontario and southern Ontario to enable the north to supply the south with power at a fair price Connect Ontario to the Manitoba grid with a major transmission line allowing import of clean energy from Manitoba Thank you again for the opportunity to provide input on the Ministry of Energys LongTerm Energy Plan and help move Ontario closer to a sustainable energy future.

Regards, Tyson Champagne Executive Director, SWITCH