On January 1, 2015, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) merged with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to create a new organization that will combine the OPA and IESO mandates.
The Ontario Power Authority consults regularly with a wide variety of stakeholders, including community leaders, the public, customers, associations, transmission and local distribution companies, generators and investors.
Our stakeholders are integral participants in the long-term planning and solutions equation for all of our initiatives.
The OPA is developing a rigorous stakeholdering engagement process based on principles of relevance, inclusiveness, accessibility, transparency and contribution, while being managed in a fair and disciplined manner. These principles and the finalized process will provide the foundation on which all OPA stakeholdering endeavours will be based.
The traditional practice of stakeholder consultation commonly involves consulting with industry participants that typically follow regulatory proceedings as intervenors. These parties are generally other energy companies, energy-related associations, various other industry and consumer associations, and special interest groups such as environmental and social advocacy alliances.
Such stakeholders are highly knowledgeable about industry issues and participate actively in regulatory and other industry initiatives.
In order to enhance inclusive stakeholdering for the purpose of informing the numerous corporate and government-mandated initiatives, OPA is building on the strengths of traditional stakeholder practices and expanding the process to include a multi-channel engagement plan which extends the traditional foundation with a breadth of views and opinions from non-electricity industry parties including the solitary consumer.
Each and every resident of the Province is a consumer of electricity, be it in his or her home, or place of business.