Welcome to the web page for Ontario's
Industry Task Force on Distributed Generation
This web site is the central location for information on the work of the
Industry Task Force on Distributed Generation, a newly-founded voluntary
organization intended to promote resolution of issues in the installation and
operation of distributed generation in Ontario. Here you can find information
on distributed generation technology, its benefits and challenges, and the
work of the Task Force. We welcome your suggestions for inclusion of further
information on these web-pages.
Photos from the inaugual meeting of the Industry Task Force, which took place on March 5, 2003 at Toronto Hydro's Training Facility:
Above left: Audience member asks a question of the speakers at the inaugural meeting of the Task Force, March 5, 2003. Above right: (left to right) Meeting moderator George Vegh of MacLeod Dixon, Joe Bailey and Richard Lu of Toronto Hydro.
Pictured above (left to right): Darius Vaiciunas of COLLUS Power, the electrical distribution utility that serves Collingwood and vicinity, Mark Wolnik of Markham Energy, developer of the Markham District Energy Project, Joe Bailey, Senior Vice President of Asset Management at Toronto Hydro, Richard Lu, Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety, Toronto Hydro, and George Vegh of MacLeod Dixon. The presentations made by each of these experts is summarized in the meeting report below, and copies of their overhead presentations are also downloadable at the linked location indicated below. All photos by Steve Kishewitsch.
Distributed Generation (DG) is defined as “the placement of small-scale electricity generation units at close to load sites with the option of feeding back into a centralized network.” Normally, DG is under 10 MW in size and connected to the distribution system at relatively low voltages. Members of the Industry Task Force believe that DG offers unique opportunities to address Ontario's present electricity shortage, with a variety of benefits to users of the electrical system, including reduced infrastructure costs, new business opportunities, improved system security and environmental benefits. Some of the primary barriers to distributed generation lie in the uncertainty over the rules and regulations which will apply to it in the future. One of the key objectives of the Task Force is to help resolve these issues through stakeholder collaboration.
Click here for a copy of the Task Force's Presentation to the OPA, July 28, 2005 (PDF format)
For more information, choose one of the following links:
General information on Distributed Generation (or DG):
- The Distributed Generation Information Center
- California Distributed Energy Resources Guide
- Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology
- Distributed Power Coalition of America
- Distributed Generation Solutions / Fundamentals Of Distributed Generation
Information on the Inaugural Meeting of March 5, 2003:
- Agenda and program of events
- Summary report of presentation and discussion at the March 5 meeting
- Overhead presentations from each speaker
Further Information on the Industry Task Force
- Members of the Steering Committee
- Terms of Reference
- Upcoming activities
Other Useful Links:
- Micro Power Connect
- The US FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) proposed standard for
interconnection of small generation (or go to www.ferc.gov and search for RM02-12-000)
- Rocky Mountain Institute "Small is Profitable" web pages
- California's Rule 21
- Information and hot links to the three major California utilities related to Rule 21 - the standard practice adopted for DG interconnection in California.
- IEEE's standard 1547
- The IMO's Market Evolution Program and in particular IMO MEP presentation to Feb 18, 2003 MAC meeting, (page 16)
- CADER - California Alliance for Distributed Energy
- Distributed Power Coalition of America (DPCA), an advocacy organization committed to advancing the use of distributed power. Members include: electric and gas utilities; consumers; distributed power equipment manufacturers and others
- OFGEM's web pages on Distributed Generation Ofgem is the regulator of gas and electricity in the UK. Readers may search this website easily for numerous resources on distributed generation.
- Resource Dynamics Corporation
- Technologies for Distributed Power Generation report
- Honey, I Shrunk the Gas Turbine!
- METC - Fuel Cells Project: The Westinghouse Solid Oxide Fuel Cell METC - Fuel Cells Project: The Energy Research Corporation
- Distributed Generation - Description
- APPrO's virtual library on distributed generation
For more information on the Task Force, contact one of the members of the Steering Committee or send an e-mail to email@example.com