If you want to know what Ontario’s largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is, look no further than your carport or curbside. And if you want to know who’s best positioned to help reduce that source – through large scale electrification – look no further than the EDA membership.

In Ontario, transportation accounts for fully 38 per cent of all GHGs. Fortunately, there’s huge potential to cut those emissions through wider use of electric vehicles and electrification of mass transit. And that’s beginning to happen. But it has major implications for the electricity supply/demand balance and pricing, and for grid management more broadly.

That’s why transportation is the focal point of the first of what is likely to be a series of EDA position papers on electrification. It elaborates on the need for LDCs to play a central role in providing charging and other infrastructure, and in working with the relevant agencies on rate design.

Getting that right will not only cut emissions, but also make better use of Ontario’s available generation, and potentially abate Global Adjustment charges. But the plain reality today is that LDCs and being “left out of the conversation”, and “do not have the necessary regulatory support or rate structure to lead this transformation”.

The paper makes several recommendations aimed at enabling that leadership and transformation: key among them being allowance for charging and related infrastructure to be included in LDC rate bases, so that these vital investments can be amortized over time.

Leadership by customer-focused LDCs, the paper notes, will “enable the local grid to be nimbler and more responsive to the significant growth in electrification”. And that will mean a lot fewer emissions originating from our cars and carports, and from the trains and other transportation modes we rely on every day.

Please download the newly released paper here.