History

The Ontario Government introduced the Smart Metering Initiative to create a conservation culture and encourage demand management across the province. The IESO has played a project management and coordination role in the initiative since 2006. The following provides a summary of the Smart Metering Initiative's history and the IESO’s involvement:

 

  • April 2013:  The Ontario Energy Board approves the Smart Metering Charge rate for the costs to develop and implement the MDM/R, integrate LDCs and their meters with the MDM/R, and for the operation of the SME and the MDM/R.
  • December 2012:  4.7 million smart meters are installed in Ontario, 4.5 million meters are enrolled in the MDM/R and 4.5 million customers are being billed on time-of-use rates.
  • April 2012:  The MDM/R solution introduced to enable LDCs to comply with Measurement Canada requirement of presenting register reads on consumers’ bills.
  • December 2011:  4.7 million smart meters are installed in Ontario, 4 million meters are enrolled in the MDM/R and 3.6 million customers are being billed on time-of-use rates.
  • December 2010:  4.6 million smart meters are installed on Ontario homes and small businesses, 2 million meters are enrolled with the MDM/R and approximately 1.6 million customers are being billed on time-of-use (TOU) rates.
  • May 2009: The Government of Ontario announces the provincial Time-of-Use (TOU) rate roll out targets. The first, a target to have one million Ontario households on TOU rates by the summer of 2010. The second, a target to have an estimated 3.6 million customers on TOU rates by June 2011.
  • March 2008:  Newmarket Hydro becomes the first electricity distributor to begin enrolling smart meters with the MDM/R.
  • July 2007: The IESO is designated the Smart Metering Entity by a regulation made under the Electricity Act, 1998.
  • July 2006: The Government of Ontario appoints the IESO Smart Metering System Implementation Program (SMSIP) coordinator, which gives it direct responsibility over the MDM/R’s procurement, and the coordination of various program activities between affected parties. The role was formalized by a regulation made under the Electricity Act in September, 2006.
  • July 2004: Ontario’s Minister of Energy issues a directive to the OEB under Section 27.1 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 requiring it to develop and implement a plan to achieve the government’s smart meter deployment objectives.
  • May 2004: The Smart Metering Initiative is introduced. The provincial government announces that 4.3 million Ontario homes and small businesses will be equipped with smart meters by 2010, and sets a target to install the first 800,000 before the end of 2007.