A Brief History of Ontario’s Energy System

The following is a guest post from Solar Share, on the changes in the ownership and management of Ontario’s electricity system since the mid-1900s:

Confused as to how our electricity system works and how it has evolved over time? Who are the key players and why and how have rates changed? Put your feet up, grab a coffee, and dig in to this timeline detailing how Ontario’s electricity sector has been managed, owned, and juggled since the mid-1900s:

1950s: Ontario has a public electricity utility, the Ontario Hydro Commission, made up of small local systems. Coal-fired power stations are built as population and industry grow, and electricity needs outpace existing hydro-electricity capacity.

1960: The Ontario Energy Board is founded as an impartial public agency responsible for regulating local distribution companies and for ensuring that the distribution companies fulfill their obligations to connect and serve customers. The OEB currently approves the rates that utilities can charge their customers, creates policy, and approves construction.

1970: All of Ontario’s power systems are combined into one synchronized grid, with the exception of remote communities. Natural gas prices rise due to crisis in the Middle East and nuclear generation comes to the forefront… Read more on Solar Share’s website 

To learn more about how the energy system in Ontario works, read our  Energy Literacy series here.

Header image source: IESO’s Aboriginal Energy Partnership Program- “Generation, Transmission and Distribution”

© 2017 Our Power
Go back to top