The Conservation Fund provides financial support to new and innovative electricity conservation initiatives designed to enable Ontario’s residents, businesses and institutions to cost-effectively reduce their demand for electricity.
Ontario’s goal is to create a culture of conservation across the province. Ontario's long-term energy target is to achieve a 7,100-megawatt peak electricity demand reduction and 28 terawatt-hours in energy savings by the end of 2030. Innovative practices, programs and technologies are needed to transform Ontario’s market into a culture of conservation and to meet these ambitious conservation targets. OPA’s market transformation activities aim to make conservation actions and behaviours an integral part of life and a business-as-usual choice for Ontario’s residents, businesses and institutions.
The OPA’s commitment to innovation and market transformation is demonstrated by the targeted research, development and pilot projects supported through the Conservation Fund.
The Conservation Fund supports innovative electricity conservation projects that:
Since 2005, funded projects have touched many sectors of the economy – from new homes, schools and institutions to retailers, manufacturers and mines.
The OPA manages a number of programs designed to help Ontarians contribute to a reliable, cost-effective and sustainable electricity system. If your project shares objectives with any of the programs outlined below, you are not eligible for the Conservation Fund. Please consider these opportunities before applying to the fund.
|If you are…||You should refer to…|
|… a residential, commercial, institutional or industrial electricity user seeking to manage your electricity use by taking advantage of commercially available energy-saving measures and incentives||
|… a technology vendor or a consultant seeking to help residential, commercial, institutional or industrial electricity users take advantage of your commercially available energy-saving measures and incentives.||
|… a renewable energy developer interested in developing a project over 10 kilowatts in size using commercially available technologies.||
|… a homeowner or an eligible participant interested in developing a very small or “micro” renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts or less in size) on your property using commercially available technologies.||
|…a First Nation and Métis community seeking to participate in the development of renewable energy projects.||
Aboriginal Energy Partnerships Program
|…a community group developing a renewable energy project in Ontario.||
Community Energy Partnerships Program