August 2019
Backgrounder
Energy policy in Ontario covers electricity generation, transmission and conservation, as well as energy facilities like renewable energy sources. Municipal interest in energy is two-fold. First, as large consumers of energy for public facilities, energy prices impact municipal budgets. Second, energy policies impact large industrial consumers and residential customers, both critical ratepayers in the community. As a result, municipal governments need a voice in energy policy.

AMO believes the best approach to managing energy is long-term system planning that considers social and environmental policy, as well as financial and economic impacts. AMO continues to advocate for the Province to act on a number of key items:
  • Eliminate the barriers between electricity, natural gas and other energy sources and move towards more integrated and longer-term planning.
  • Provide more practical incentives to municipal governments, local businesses and citizens to increase participation in energy conservation programs.
  • Support Municipal Energy Plans, the use of local improvement charges to promote green energy, and the expansion of programs that provide electricity data to consumers.
  • Create savings from “shoulder-to-shoulder” service delivery, in which local distribution companies merge in such a way as to serve a contiguous geographic area.
  • Wherever locally supported, encourage distributed generation projects to meet local energy needs, recognizing that municipal ownership of energy generation and distribution reduces the need to transmit power long distances, creates local jobs and contributes to a stable energy system.
The 2019 Federal Budget included funding for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to help municipalities invest in energy efficiency improvements in their communities.
  • $350M for grants and loans to municipal governments for energy efficiency in large public buildings, community and demonstration projects
  • Community EcoEfficiency Acceleration - $300M to FCM to provide municipal governments finance to support home energy efficiency upgrades with repayment on property taxes
  • Sustainable Affordable Housing - $300M to improve energy efficiency
  • $60M additional Municipal Asset Management Capacity Funds