Energy Partnerships Program FAQs

Who is eligible to apply?


Aboriginal communities, co-operatives, municipalities and public sector entities are eligible.

What kinds of costs will be eligible for funding under the EPP?


Costs eligible for funding within each stream include:

Partnership Stream: Legal, technical and financial due diligence costs involved in exploring project partnerships.

Project Development Stream: Soft costs associated with developing a renewable energy project, such as obtaining the requisite regulatory approvals.

Remote Project Development Sub- Stream of the Project Development Stream: Soft costs associated with developing an energy project to offset diesel use in Remote First Nations communities, including things such as early stage business planning and assessments.

If we received funding for our project under a previous IESO support program, can we receive funding under the EPP?

Yes, applicants who have received funding under a support program such as the AREF, CEPP, MPSEPP or ATF-Reimbursement Program, may apply for funding under the EPP for new partnerships and projects.

When will the budget allocation for all of the IESO support programs be posted?

All program materials, including the budget allocation, program guidelines and application forms, will be posted when the EPP Program is launched.

How does the application review process work?

Applications will go through a three stage process.

-                  In the first stage, the IESO will assess whether the application is complete and eligible.

-                  In the second stage, a third-party review committee will assess each application and make funding decisions.

-                  In the third stage, successful applicants will receive an approval letter followed by an offer to enter into the Funding Agreement.  If an application is rejected, applicants may submit a new or revised application, which will receive a new timestamp and be subject to the Program Rules at the time of submission.

How is the $10 million budget for IESO support programs allocated?

A schedule that describes the complete support programs budget allocation will be published on the website, along with the final EPP Rules and supporting documents.

What is an “energy-based solution” under the Remote Project Development Sub-stream?

The energy-based solution must be a project intended to supply energy directly to the applicable Remote First Nation Community to offset the use of diesel for electricity generation within the community.

If I have multiple FIT projects, do I need to fill out separate application forms?

For the purposes of the EPP Development Stream, four or more FIT projects will be considered a “FIT Project Portfolio”.  Applicants with a FIT Project Portfolio are only required to submit a single application. Applicants with one to three FIT projects are required to submit individual applications for each project.

Who determines priority transmission lines?

The Ministry of Energy has determined which transmission lines are priorities. A schedule of eligible transmission projects and eligible transmission lines will be posted on the EPP web pages shortly.

What is a licensed transmitter?

A licensed transmitter is an entity that has been approved to transmit electricity in Ontario and has received an Electricity Transmitter Issued License by the Ontario Energy Board.

What does it mean to be in default?

To be in default means that the applicant is not in good standing with the IESO regarding a current Funding Agreement. It is the applicant’s responsibility to resolve any existing funding agreement disputes to the satisfaction of the IESO in order to participate in the EPP. 

Please note: These FAQs are not binding on the IESO and in no way vary or impact the interpretation of the EPP Rules and Funding Agreement. In the event there is any conflict or inconsistency between this document and the EPP Rules and Funding Agreement, the terms in the EPP Rules and Funding Agreement govern.