Elexicon Energy is committed to helping our business customers become more energy efficient and reduce their overall electricity costs.

The Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) is a demand response program aimed at shifting Elexicon’s large electricity users’ consumption to off-peak hours. This allows our larger hydro 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 GA 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.

Eligibility

Customers who are eligible to participate in ICI include:

  • Customers in the manufacturing sector (NAICS codes commencing with 31, 32, 33) as well as greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production facilities (NAICS code 1114) with an average monthly peak demand greater than 500 kW and less or equal to 1 MW.
  • 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.

A customer’s separate load facilities cannot be aggregated 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.

Timing

Each cycle of the ICI starts with a base period from May 1st to April 30th. 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 Elexicon by June 15, 2022 if they would like to be charged as a Class A customer for the following adjustment period (July 1st to June 30th).
  • Customers who qualify as Class A will be notified of their peak demand factor by Elexicon by May 31, 2022.
  • Customers with an average monthly peak demand above 5 MW are automatically considered Class A and must opt-out by June 15, 2022 if they choose not to participate in this initiative.

Peak Hiatus

On June 26th, 2020, the Ontario Government amended Ontario Regulation 429/04 and introduced a mandatory ICI peak hiatus for ICI participants to allow businesses to focus on recovering from the impacts of COVID-19.

The peak hiatus applies to Class A customers participating in the 2020-2021 base period (i.e., May 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021). Class A customer’s peak demand factor from the 2019-2020 base period will be used to determine their GA charges in the 2021-2022 adjustment period. Each Class A customer has their own data that can be shared upon request.

Class B customers wishing to participate in the ICI during the 2021-2022 adjustment period will have their peak demand factor assessed based on their peak hours consumption contribution during the 2020-2021 base period.

Opting-In or Opting-Out

Should you wish to opt-in or opt-out of the ICI, please fill out the form provided below . Before you fill out the form, you will need:

  • Your 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 (as provided)

*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.

Resources

  • Click here for all requirements related to the ICI
  • Click here for more information on Class A eligibility
  • Click here for more information on GA
  • Click here for more information on Load Aggregation and ICI eligibility

Contact Us

To learn more about ICI participation, please contact one of our Community Relations Advisors:

Kirsten Hutka
Email: khutka@elexiconenergy.com | Phone: 289-387-2773

Melanie Walls
Email: mwalls@elexiconenergy.com | Phone: 905-550-1077