January 2017

Energy is generated in Ontario from various sources, and includes public and private companies. There are three major components of the system: generation (producing the power), transmission (getting the power across the province through high-voltage lines) and distribution (piping the power into homes and businesses).

Municipal Governments: Prepare and implement mandatory corporate energy Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) plans, own local distribution companies, use energy in the operation of public facilities, advocate for the energy concerns of their residents, participate in development of the Long-Term Energy Plan, and participate in regional electricity planning.  Some also prepare and implement community energy plans, or participate in market based commodity procurement, such as that offered by AMO’s Local Authority Services (LAS).

Municipal concerns about energy are 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, who are both critical ratepayers in the community.