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Ontario — Dunsky says its been retained by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to conduct the province’s first-ever Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Potential Study.

The study will assess the types and volumes of DERs likely to emerge in Ontario over the next decade.

Specifically, the study will help the IESO identify the DER technologies most relevant to the Ontario context, the value they can bring to the system, their projected pace of market adoption under a variety of scenarios, and the most appropriate way to harness their potential.

“We are excited to support the IESO in their efforts to transform Ontario’s electricity market,” said Philippe Dunsky, President of Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors.

Across all North American markets, customers, utilities, grid operators and service providers are increasingly adopting or investing in DERs to meet on-site electricity needs, fulfill emerging grid needs (i.e., non-wires solutions) and provide wholesale market services (i.e., capacity, energy and ancillary services). As the market operator and planner responsible for meeting Ontario’s resource adequacy needs, the IESO sees significant opportunities with DER adoption.

With nearly 5,000 MW of DERs already deployed in Ontario, this study will inform the future market enhancement efforts and other activities to enable and optimize the full value of DERs in Ontario.

The study is scheduled for completion by mid-2022.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has 8+ years of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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