Stakeholder and community engagement is integral to the IESO's decision-making process. The goal is to provide individuals and organizations with the opportunity to provide input and feedback about proposed decisions or changes that affect them. The IESO supports transparency, efficiency and consistency in its engagement efforts.
Engagement principles guide the conduct of the IESO, market participants, stakeholders, communities, customers and the general public towards an efficient and effective process. Initiatives require different forums for engagement and all are posted the IESO website. The IESO uses the perspectives brought forward in these forums to inform its decision making.
The Stakeholder Advisory Committee provides appointed stakeholder representatives with the opportunity to present advice and recommendations on market development, conservation and planning decisions directly to the IESO's Board of Directors and Leadership Team. Members represent consumers, generators, distributors/transmitters, related businesses/services and Ontario communities. Stakeholders are encouraged to contact their SAC representative to provide input on issues that affect them.
The IESO is committed to an open, two-way dialogue with stakeholders to help understand their views about proposed changes that may affect them.
The Technical Panel proposes and reviews amendments to the Market Rules, and as requested, advises the Board of Directors on specific technical issues relating to the operation of the IESO-administered markets.
Standing Committees allow stakeholders to stay informed and provide timely advice on the IESO's activities in areas such as reliability standards, information technology, revenue metering and inter-jurisdictional trading.
Working Groups are formed for a limited duration to address specific stakeholder initiatives in detail.