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. This approach to managing energy is key to supporting Ontario’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
AMO continues to advocate for provincial action on a number of key items:
- Ensure that Local Distribution Companies remain solvent and ready to support Ontario’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
- Provide more practical incentives to municipal governments, local businesses and citizens to increase participation in energy conservation programs.
- Support Municipal Energy Plans and the use of local improvement charges to promote green energy.
- Support the expansion of programs that provide electricity data to consumers.
- Wherever locally supported, encourage distributed generation projects to meet local energy needs. 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.
Energy policy in Ontario covers electricity generation, transmission and conservation, as well as energy facilities like renewable energy sources.
Municipal interest in energy is twofold. 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 well as areas for potential economic development. As a result, municipal governments need a voice in energy policy.