Energy Policy Council
Businesses need clean, affordable, and reliable energy to operate productively and meet their climate commitments. The ongoing energy transition elicits new opportunities and challenges for Ontario’s business community and economy. The province is also approaching a period of electricity supply shortfalls that will require long-term investments in new infrastructure for the first time in several years.
Fortunately, our energy sector is ripe with made-in-Ontario solutions that are a win-win for both the environment and the economy. Forward thinking and collaboration across regions and sectors will be necessary to pave a path forward.
The OCC oversees a permanent Energy Policy Council composed of leading industry experts with a mandate to inform our policy and advocacy efforts in this space. This initiative is supported with insights and technical expertise from Sussex Strategy Group’s Energy and Environment Practice.
- Carbon sequestration (Bill 46) and Geological Carbon Storage (submissions)
- Feedback on Canada’s Green Buildings Discussion Paper (submission)
- Accelerating Growth in Hydrogen Energy Through Electricity Rate Options (submission)
- Integration of distributed energy resources (submission)
- Addressing Ontario’s growing electricity needs (policy primer)
- Joint media release with CME on Ontario’s need for gas-fired electricity
- Publication of a memorandum on energy, climate change, and economic recovery
2023 Policy & Advocacy Priorities:
- Energy planning: Advising on the energy transition and improving the predictability, transparency, and outcomes of Ontario’s long-term energy planning.
- Economic recovery: Investing in regional energy infrastructure to support economic recovery and long-term growth.
- Innovation: Informing policy consultations around distributed energy resources, hydrogen, electric vehicles, small modular reactors, etc.
- Climate policies: Supporting investments in low-carbon energy, retrofits, and the decarbonization of Ontario’s economy.
Members of the Energy Policy Council include:
- Anishnawbe Business Professional Association
- ArcelorMittal Dofasco
- Bruce Power
- Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
- Canadian Infrastructure Bank
- Capital Power
- Common Voice Northwest Energy Task Force
- Electricity Distributors Association
- Hydro One
- *Independent Electricity System Operator (observer)
- Leamington Chamber of Commerce
- Mississauga Board of Trade
- Ontario Power Generation
- Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
- Pathways Alliance
- Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerce
- *Sussex Strategy Group
- Toronto Region Board of Trade
- Toronto Region Conservation Authority
- Waste Connections of Canada
For more information on how to join the Council, please contact Claudia Dessanti, Senior Manager of Policy, Ontario Chamber of Commerce.