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The Conservation First Framework offered programs for residential and commercial customers, funded through the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and offered by your local distribution company, Ottawa River Power.

As of March 21, 2019, there has been a change in the energy-efficiency programs. The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines issued a directive that cancels the Conservation First Framework and moves the administration of some programs to the IESO through an Interim Framework.

Customers with existing approved projects that are already underway can continue to look to Ottawa River Power for information and support until the project is completed. Those looking to start new applications in programs that are continuing can do so directly with the IESO.

If we can be of assistance, please contact us so that we can ensure the transition to the Interim Framework is as easy as possible.

Thank you again for your participation in the Conservation First programs. It has been a pleasure to work in our community to achieve Ottawa River Power’s remarkable results.

Residential Programs

Home Assistance Program

The IESO (Independent Electricity Systems Operator) delivers the Home Assistance Program (HAP) to help Ontario homeowners and tenants make their home more energy efficient. HAP provides income eligible homeowners, residents and tenants with free energy upgrades in their home. Old and inefficient equipment is replaced with new equipment that uses less electricity. To apply, visit Home Assistance Program

Business Programs

Small Business Lighting Program

If your business qualifies, receive up to $2,000 in free upgrades. This turnkey program provides a free assessment and incentives. Incentives are based on the lighting you choose and the operating hours of your business. This program will be delivered province wide by the IESO as of April 1, 2019.  For more information, visit Small Business Lighting Program


Install energy efficient equipment and receive up to 50% of your projects costs through the RETROFIT program. Examples of measures are lighting retrofits, lighting controls, HVAC redesign, chiller replacement and variable speed drives. Measures that provide sustainable, measurable and verifiable savings in demand or energy are eligible. This program will be delivered province wide by the IESO as of April 1, 2019.  For more information, visit Retrofit Program

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