On July 10, Ontario Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli launched a formal review of the province’s Long-Term Energy Plan  by releasing a discussion guide and calling on Ontarians to join the conversation. “It’s critical that we plan Ontario’s energy future with input and advice from every corner of the province,” he said. The discussion guide poses questions relating to several topics including Ontario’s mix of energy sources, energy conservation policies and new, “intelligent” technologies that change the way power is generated, delivered and consumed. The review will be based on a consultation process with the public, municipalities, the energy sector and Aboriginal communities and leaders.

Starting July 10 through to September 9, the public can participate by completing a short online survey, submitting a formal comment through the Environmental Registry or attending one of many public open house sessions being held in communities throughout the province. An updated Long-Term Energy Plan is expected to be released this fall.

Tamir Birk