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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:

  Audience at inaugural meeting, March 5, 2003 Moderator and two speakers  

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.

Darius Vaiciunas
Mark Wolnik Joe Bailey Richard Lu George Vegh

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.

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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)

Click here for a copy of the Task Force's Presentation to the Ministry of Energy, May 14 2004 (PDF format)

Click here for a copy of the Task Force's discussion paper of August 2003 (Word format) (PDF format)

Click here for a copy of the Task Force's report to members of April 2003 (Word format)

For more information, choose one of the following links:

General information on Distributed Generation (or DG):

  1. The Distributed Generation Information Center
  2. California Distributed Energy Resources Guide
  3. Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology
  4. Distributed Power Coalition of America
  5. Distributed Generation Solutions / Fundamentals Of Distributed Generation

Information on the Inaugural Meeting of March 5, 2003:
Further Information on the Industry Task Force
- Members of the Steering Committee
- Terms of Reference
- Upcoming activities

Other Useful Links:

For more information on the Task Force, contact one of the members of the Steering Committee or send an e-mail to appro@appro.org