The Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) is a demand response program aimed at shifting large electricity users’ consumption to off-peak hours. This allows these customers to manage their global adjustment (GA) costs by reducing demand during peak periods.
Ontario’s electricity system is built to meet the highest demand periods of the year. By reducing demand during peak periods, ICI participants can both reduce their global adjustment costs and help defer the need for investments in new electricity infrastructure that would otherwise be needed.
Customers who participate in the ICI, referred to as Class A, pay GA based on their percentage contribution to the top five peak Ontario demand hours (i.e. peak demand factor) over a 12-month base period.
Customers who are eligible to participate in ICI include:
- Customers in the manufacturing sector as well as greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production facilities with an average monthly peak demand of greater than 500 kW and less or equal to 1 MW are eligible to opt-in to the ICI if their establishment NAICS codes commence with the digits “31”, “32”, “33” or “114”.
- All Customers with an average peak demand of more than 1 MW, up to and including 5 MW are eligible to opt-in to the ICI.
Customers with an average peak demand greater than 5 MW are automatically included in the program and have the option to opt-out of the ICI. Separate load facilities cannot be aggregated in order for a customer to qualify as Class A (even if they are under the same ownership). The Ministry of Energy requires Class A-enrolled customers to provide the address and GPS coordinates of their head office and enrolled load facilities, as well as consent for the information to be shared with the Ministry and made public.
Each cycle of the ICI starts with a base period from May 1 to April 30. At the end of this period, customers are assessed for eligibility.
- Customers with an average monthly peak demand greater than 500 kW and less than or equal to 5 MW must opt-in to the initiative by notifying Hydro Ottawa by June 15 if they would like to be charged as a Class A customer for the following adjustment period (July 1 to June 30).
- Customers who qualify as Class A will be notified of their peak demand factor by Hydro Ottawa by May 31.
- Customers with an average monthly peak demand above 5 MW are automatically considered Class A and must opt-out by June 15 if they choose not to participate in this initiative.
All requirements related to the ICI can be found in Ontario Regulation 429/04.
Further information on Class A eligibility, including backgrounder information, Frequently Asked Questions and a peak tracker tool is available on the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) website.
More information on the GA is available on the IESO’s website.
Opting-In or Opting-Out
Should you wish to opt-in or opt-out of the ICI, please fill out this form.
Before you fill out the form, you will need:
- Your 20 digit account number
- Your facility’s service address, including GPS coordinates*
- Your organization’s head office mailing address, including GPS coordinates*
- NAICS code, if your facility has an average monthly peak demand of greater than 500 kW and less or equal to 1 MW
- Average Peak Demand
*The Ministry of Energy requires Class A-enrolled customers to provide the address and GPS coordinates of their head office and enrolled load facilities, as well as consent for the information to be shared with the Ministry and made public.