Global Adjustment Class A Eligibility

Customers who participate in the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI), pay global adjustment (GA) based on their percentage contribution to the top five peak Ontario demand hours over a 12-month period. Customers participating in this initiative are referred to as Class A.

Customers with peak demand greater than 1 MW but less than or equal to 5 MW

Peak demand is determined to be the average of a customer’s highest monthly peak hourly demand values over the base period from May 1 to April 30. Peak demand values from separate load facilities under the same ownership cannot be aggregated for the purposes of Class A eligibility.

See Industrial Conservation Initiative Backgrounder that outlines the changes made to the program by the Government of Ontario to expand the eligibility, effective January 1, 2017.

Customers with an average peak demand of above 1 MW and up to and including 5 MW will be informed by their distributor, or the IESO if they are transmission-connected,  before May 31 each year if they are eligible. These customers must opt in by June 15 of each year to participate in ICI. They will then be charged as Class A customers for the adjustment period starting on July 1.

Read more about Global Adjustment allocation for Class A customers and how to reduce GA costs based on the customer's ability reduce demand during the peak hours.

On March 2, 2017, the Government of Ontario announced plans to further reduce the ICI threshold from 1 MW to 500 kW and to target more small manufacturing and industrial consumers. This webpage and materials will be updated further when Ontario Regulation 429/04 is amended and the revisions are effective.

Customers with peak demand above 5 MW

Under the ICI, customers with an average peak demand above 5 MW automatically qualify as Class A customers. These customers must opt out by June 15 of each year if they choose not to participate in ICI.

ICI Resources Available for LDCs

 The following resources are available for LDCs to assist in administering the ICI to their customers:

  • ICI Backgrounder – General overview of the program with changes to the regulation effective January 1, 2017, key dates, and tips for defining and tracking the peaks.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Webinar Materials

The IESO held a webinar on February 23, 2017 to provide information about LDC responsibilities, customer eligibility, registration and settlement details, and key dates.