Beyond providing a new way forward to advance customer-driven electricity solutions, the EDA’s “The Power to Connect” vision paper is also a source of inspiration to spark innovation.  

It gave us the perfect setting within which to launch a web page that celebrates the many current and future innovations delivered by our members – local utilities as well as commercial and affiliate businesses.

We hope you are as inspired by the content as we were in gathering it.

Journey into the future
Join us on the sector’s journey into the future by sharing your innovation success stories here with us. Contact us for more information.


1. The Power to Connect:
We’re getting Ontario’s electricity industry ready for tomorrow’s consumer. That’s EDA’s vision for advancing the electricity system. Our vision:

  • Places consumers at the centre as drivers of change 
  • Inspires new business models
  • Contributes to plans for cost-effective, high-quality electricity services

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Vision Paper
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Fact Sheet
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2. Stories of Innovation Success

Be inspired by our members’ leading-edge, innovative projects.   

...directly from Our Members

SmartMAP - a unique initiative by Essex Powerlines and Collus PowerStream that fuses different operating systems, allowing utility staff to perform tasks through one powerful application.

The Workshop - a dedicated space for employees at Greater Sudbury Utilities (GSU) to work on innovative team projects. It is designed to support staff creativity, grow GSU's companies and achieve efficiency and productivity.

Community Energy Park - North Bay Hydro's $4.5 million microgrid, connecting Memorial Gardens, the YMCA and Thomson Park.

Hydro Ottawa's social media and video content strategy - Leveraging drone photography, video press conferences and live-streaming services to engage customers in real-time, the utility successfully boosted customer engagement and brand awareness.

Oracle Customer Care and Billing - Alectra's legacy utility, PowerStream, replaced its 30-year-old customer information system in 2015 with Oracle Customer Care and Billing to better serve its customers. The new system will serve as the common platform across the new utility's broader service territory.

Interval Data Centre - A self-service energy management app for commercial and industrial electricity customers, designed in-house by London Hydro with six of its key account customers.

Stratford Battery Facility - Festival Hydro announced that Stratford will be home to Canada's largest battery storage facility.

…in Publications

Electricity policy is falling behind the energy revolution - By Mark Winfield (The Globe and Mail)

…in The Distributor Magazine


Passion and Ideas Smart Grids: The Future is Now   
Powering Change (Summer 2017)            Spring 2017)  

Aiming Higher in the                                  Pulling Together for the Win
Pursuit of Excellence (Fall 2016)              (Summer 2016)

Building a Culture of                                     Planning Ontario's Energy Future Today
Conservation (Winter 2015)                       (Fall 2015)



The Drive for Innovation: Technology and Ingenuity
Fuel Forward Momentum for Ontario Electricity Distributors 
(Spring 2015)


…from LDC Tomorrow Fund

…from Ontario's Smart Grid Fund