Natural Gas Demand Side Management (DSM)

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The OEB has overseen utility natural gas conservation plans in Ontario since 1995. These plans have provided conservation and energy efficiency opportunities  to the majority of natural gas customers.

Currently, Enbridge Gas is offering a variety of programs to its customers, consistent with the OEB’s 2015-2020 DSM policy framework and guidelines. In July 2020, the OEB provided its approval to extend the utility DSM programs for one-year, so that they are available to customers throughout 2021.

In December 2020 the OEB issued a letter concluding the post-2020 DSM framework policy consultation and instructed Enbridge Gas to file a new multi-year DSM plan by May 1, 2021. As part of the OEB’s letter, it referenced a letter from the Associate Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks that provided additional details related to the government’s Environment Plan and the role of natural gas DSM programs.

On May 3, 2021, Enbridge Gas filed an application with the OEB, seeking approval of a new natural gas DSM (conservation) framework, effective January 1, 2022 and for approval of the conservation programs that would be offered to customers under the framework during 2022 to 2027.

OEB policy consultation to develop a new DSM Framework for 2021 and beyond.

Current DSM Framework and Guidelines governing 2015-2020 DSM programs:

The OEB completed its Mid-Term Review of the 2015-2020 DSM Framework on November 29, 2018. The Mid-Term Review included the OEB’s assessment of a number of studies and reports submitted by the natural gas utilities in response to requirements from the OEB’s 2015-2020 DSM Decision, a Stakeholder Conference, and consideration of various proposals and requests submitted by the natural gas utilities and other interested stakeholders.

The OEB’s DSM Mid-Term Review Report and the related documents filed as part of the consultation can be found on the OEB’s DSM Mid-Term Review webpage.

Integrated Resource Planning is a planning strategy and process that evaluates and compares demand-side and supply-side alternatives to pipeline infrastructure in meeting natural gas system needs. The OEB issued a Decision and Order on July 22, 2021 on Enbridge Gas's application requesting OEB policy guidance on its Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) proposal.

As outlined in the OEB’s Report on DSM issued December 22, 2014, the OEB will be taking a central role in the evaluation, measurement & verification (EM&V) of DSM program savings. DSM programs will be evaluated on an annual basis, with results issued by the OEB to be used by the gas utilities when they file applications for recovery of amounts related to DSM activities. 

DSM Evaluation information and related documents can be found on the OEB’s DSM Evaluation webpage.

The March 2014 DSM/CDM Directive to the OEB from the Minister of Energy requires that a conservation achievable potential study for natural gas efficiency in Ontario be conducted every three years, and coordinated with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as appropriate and reasonable.

Information on the OEB’s 2016 natural gas potential study and the OEB and IESO’s 2019 integrated electricity and natural gas potential study can be found on the OEB’s Natural Gas Conservation Potential Studies webpage.

Technical Resource Manual Updates

Date Issue/Document
Dec 3, 2020

The OEB has posted an update to the Demand Side Management Technical Resource Manual (TRM) for prescriptive measure input assumptions.

Jan 15, 2020

The OEB has posted an update to the Demand Side Management Technical Resource Manual (TRM) for prescriptive measure input assumptions.

Dec 3, 2018

The OEB has posted an update to the Demand Side Management Technical Resource Manual (TRM) for prescriptive measure input assumptions.

Dec 27, 2017

The OEB has posted an update to the Demand Side Management Technical Resource Manual (TRM) for prescriptive measure input assumptions.

 

Measures & Assumptions Updates

Year

Application Received

Case Files

Decision

2016 December 21, 2016 EB-2016-0246 Decision and Order
2015 December 6, 2015 EB-2015-0344 Letter
2014 March 27, 2015 EB-2014-0354 Decision and Order
2013 April 30, 2014 EB-2013-0430 Decision and Order
2012 December 19, 2012 EB-2012-0441 Decision and Order
2011 July 4, 2011 EB-2011-0254 Decision and Order