Reforming Ontario’s Electricity Distribution Sector

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“More economical electricity delivery can be achieved by reducing substantially the large number of distributors.”

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by David McFadden February 2013

In “Reforming Ontario’s Electricity Distribution Sector” author David McFadden, one of the members of the government-appointed panel that recently reported on this matter, gives some of the background behind the panel’s recommendations to consolidate Ontario’s 80 separate electricity distribution utilities into eight to 12 larger regional utilities. This would bring Ontario in closer alignment with not only other provinces but, indeed, worldwide practice. He points out that stakeholders advised the panel that the status quo is not an option for meeting customers’ needs in a future that will look very different from the past.