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Save on Energy Programs

Want to know more about how the IESO delivers energy-efficiency programs?  This page provides regular updates on its work to help electricity consumers better manage costs.

June 14, 2021

Ministerial directive on further extension of certain timelines under the Conservation First Framework

The IESO has received a Ministerial directive that enables the IESO and LDCs to further extend timelines for the completion of certain projects under the Conservation First Framework (CFF) to December 31, 2021. These extensions are intended to offset the disruptions that continue to be caused by COVID-19 and provide stability for participants and those businesses involved in delivering conservation and demand management programs.

January 4, 2021

New Save on Energy programs available now

The new Save on Energy programs are now available. Interested participants are encouraged to contact a Save on Energy representative with questions and for information on the available opportunities for their businesses.

Visit the program details page for more information.

January 4, 2021

2021-2024 Conservation and Demand Management Framework Program Plan

The Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Framework Program Plan is an overview of the CDM programs to be delivered by the IESO, under the Save on Energy brand, from January 2021 to December 2024. The plan sets out forecast budgets and, where applicable, savings targets and estimated cost-effectiveness for the portfolio of CDM programs.

A breakdown of the 2021-2024 CDM Framework budget and targets is available here.

December 8, 2020

New Save on Energy Programs Launching January 2021

Information on new programs launching the week of January 4, 2021, is now available. Details include a complete list of measures and incentives available for programs and provide a summary of what customers can expect over the course of the four-year framework.

Visit the program details page for more information.

November 4, 2020

2021-2024 CDM Framework Program Update

Electricity consumers now have access to information on program availability under the 2021-2024 CDM Framework, launching the week of January 4, 2021. New programs under the 2021-2024 CDM framework will continue to target those who need them most and include opportunities for commercial, industrial, institutional, on-reserve First Nations and income-eligible consumers.

Visit the program overview page for more information.

October 1, 2020

Ministerial directive to implement 2021-2024 CDM Framework

The IESO has received a Ministerial directive to implement a 2021-2024 Conservation and Demand Management Framework launching the week of January 4, 2021. The province recognizes the benefits of CDM programs to the electricity system and electricity consumers, as well as the contribution they provide to Ontario's economy and competitiveness.

Read more about the 2021–2024 CDM Framework.

July 23, 2020

Ministerial directive on extension of certain timelines under the Conservation First Framework 

The IESO has received a Ministerial directive to extend timelines for completion of certain projects and related deadlines under the predecessor conservation framework, Conservation First Framework (CFF) to June 30, 2021. These extensions are intended to offset the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and provide stability for participants and those businesses involved in delivering Conservation and Demand Management programs.

July 7, 2020

COVID-19 impacts on the Conservation First Framework

To help customers impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency, the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines has issued a letter regarding the government’s intent to potentially enable the IESO to extend program timelines for projects under the Conservation First Framework (CFF).  The extension will not be available until formal notification from government is received, in the form of a Ministerial Directive.  For information regarding an extension to your project, please contact your local utility or IESO representative.

June 5, 2019

Ontario Interim Energy-Efficiency Framework Targets Released

Energy-efficiency efforts in Ontario are well positioned to help the province achieve real energy savings and reduce costs. The IESO’s Program Plan for the 2019/20 Interim Framework sets out an approach that provides streamlined energy-efficiency programs in ways that will achieve the most impact. Save on Energy programs will target businesses, Indigenous communities and low-income consumers, while at the same time, reducing costs up to $442 million.

This plan will also set the stage for the evolution for future initiatives that build on private sector capabilities to promote and incent energy efficiency. As part of its preparations for 2020 and beyond, the IESO will reach out to consumers and stakeholders alike to develop new approaches to ensure that Ontario’s electricity system can rely on conservation as the most cost-effective form of supply.

A breakdown of the Interim Framework budget and targets is available here.