Energy

Overview

Modern farms run on, and rely on energy. Energy is required for heating, ventilation, hot water, drying, lighting, motors and hundreds of other uses.

Energy represents a significant input cost for Ontario farms and that cost is increasing, making our farms less competitive in a global market.

OFA believes Ontario farms need competitively priced energy, including access to natural gas and reasonably priced electricity, to be able to compete and to contribute to the growth of our rural economy.

OFA Fact Sheets

Save ON Energy - Updated Measures May 1, 2017
(July 17, 2017)

Understanding Service Types for Hydro One Customers
(April 24, 2017)

Energy Opportunities on Ontario Farms
(June 15, 2011)

Hydro Rates
(June 15, 2011)

Small Solar
(June 15, 2011)


Submissions & Correspondence

OFA submission to OMAFRA's Farms Forever Consultation
(June 29, 2017)

OFA submission regarding proposed landfill gas Climate Change Cap and Trade program offset protocol
(June 16, 2017)

OFA letter supporting a proposed agri-food renewable natural gas for transportation demonstration program
(June 13, 2017)

OFA letter to the Energy Minister about regulations implementing electricity invoicing changes
(June 9, 2017)

OFA letter to the Energy Minister requesting equal treatment of rural General Service Demand electricity customers under Global Adjustment alignment
(June 9, 2017)


Additional Information

Ontario Electricity Bill Reductions
(April 5, 2017)

OFA Background: Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan
(October 21, 2016)

OFA Energy Priorities 2016
(October 21, 2016)

Rural Ontario Natural Gas Backgrounder
(October 4, 2016)

Priorities for Growing Agriculture in Ontario
(May 10, 2016)


News

OFA calls on government to suspend wind turbine development in Ontario
(January 20, 2012 - Energy)

Hydro One announces new Farm Rapid Response Team
(March 22, 2016 - Energy, Uncontrolled Electricity)

Wind power versus rural power
(January 20, 2012 - Energy)

Fall agenda fills up with political priorities
(October 17, 2014 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Farm Property, Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Agri-Skills Training)

Combined heat and power fuels energy efficiency
(April 19, 2013 - Energy)

Turning up the heat for natural gas expansion in rural Ontario
(March 15, 2013 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Setting an agenda for farming and food in Ontario
(April 26, 2013 - Farm Animal Care, Rural Economic Development, Nutrient Management, Agri-Food Research, Energy, Taxation, Drainage)

Natural gas infrastructure a priority for rural Ontarians, survey says
(May 10, 2013 - Rural Economic Development, Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Give government something to chew on this summer
(June 28, 2013 - Rural Economic Development, Energy, Drainage, Local Food)

Use constituency week to make your case for ag sector growth
(November 8, 2013 - Energy, Taxation, Property Assessment and Taxation, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Source Water Protection Framework and Assessment Tool )

OFA says eliminating Debt Retirement Charge is also important to farming
(April 25, 2014 - Energy)

Agriculture needs access to affordable energy
(May 23, 2014 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Latest OFA member survey shows strong satisfaction
(July 4, 2014 - Energy, Business Risk Management)

Natural gas represents next big innovation
(October 31, 2014 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Natural Gas Savings Calculator)

Vote for agriculture on October 19
(October 2, 2015 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Energy, Business Risk Management, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Natural gas: The OFA work plan
(May 20, 2016 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA committed to working with new provincial cabinet
(June 24, 2014 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Energy, Taxation, Property Assessment and Taxation, Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Agri-Skills Training)

OFA ready to get to work with new government
(June 13, 2014 - Energy, Property Assessment and Taxation, Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Agri-Skills Training)

OFA: working for a better year ahead in 2015
(January 9, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Energy, Climate Change, Agri-Skills Training)

OFA asks candidates to “Believe in Growing Ontario” with agriculture
(May 9, 2014 - Energy, Taxation, Property Assessment and Taxation, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Agri-Skills Training)

OFA: Serve up ag issues to local politicians this summer
(June 19, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA hosts MPPs on the farm for Field Day event
(August 14, 2015 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Weed & Pest Management, Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA: It’s time to celebrate Ontario Ag Week
(September 30, 2016 - Rural Economic Development, Energy, Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA marks Ontario Agriculture Week
(October 9, 2015 - Energy, National Food Strategy®, Food Literacy)

Provincial budget provides no relief for on-farm energy costs
(April 24, 2015 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Provincial budget promises “Jobs for Today and Tomorrow”
(February 26, 2016 - Municipal Government, Rural Economic Development, Energy, Property Assessment and Taxation, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

OFA advocacy update at the halfway point of the Liberal mandate
(June 17, 2016 - Water, Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Municipal Government, Rural Economic Development, Farm Property, Environmental, Energy, Waste Management, Wildlife & Wildlife Damage, Business Risk Management, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

Throne speech speaks directly to agriculture
(September 16, 2016 - Energy, Open for Business )

Partnership pushes for natural gas across rural Ontario
(October 6, 2016 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

How would you spend $15 billion?
(September 17, 2015 - Rural Economic Development, Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Ontario government seeking input on next Long-Term Energy Plan
(October 21, 2016 - Energy)

2016: An OFA year in review
(December 21, 2016 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA’s 2017 priorities line up with latest government mandate letters
(January 5, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Weed & Pest Management, Energy, Waste Management, Open for Business , Natural Gas Infrastructure, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Climate Change)

What agriculture needs in Ontario’s 2017 budget
(January 20, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Energy, Business Risk Management, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

New partnership with Hydro One to address on-farm electricity issues
(April 1, 2016 - Energy, Uncontrolled Electricity)

Rural Ontario needs natural gas now
(November 4, 2016 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Solution to urban housing crunch lies outside the city
(April 20, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Health Care, Energy, Education, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

New partnership announced to secure natural gas access in rural Ontario
(October 4, 2016 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Members talk ag growth on Parliament Hill
(March 17, 2017 - Energy, Transportation, Telecommunications, National Food Strategy®, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

OFA members speak up at AGM
(November 24, 2016 - Energy, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Climate Change)

OFA disappointed provincial budget does not grow agriculture
(April 28, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Environmental, Energy, Education, Business Risk Management, Transportation, Telecommunications, Income Tax, Property Assessment and Taxation, Drainage, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Climate Change)

Province delivers on adjusting electricity distribution costs
(March 10, 2017 - Energy)


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