Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- November 26, 2010 - Ontario’s minister of energy has issued a directive to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to provide guidance to licensed distributors and transmitters in relation to activities in support of establishing and implementing a smart grid in the province.

In particular guidance is requested on the preparation of plans for the development and implementation of a smart grid, and the criteria that the Board will use to evaluate smart grid plans.

Policy objectives for a smart grid in Ontario, which must be taken into account, include improved efficiency in grid operation, benefits to customers, interoperability, security, privacy, safety, economic development, environmental benefits, and grid reliability.

Under the directive the Board is directed to undertake a consultation process with electricity distributors and other relevant stakeholders to develop a regional or otherwise coordinated approach to the planning and implementation of smart grid activities in order to attain cost effective outcomes.

In the meantime however, the distributors may engage in smart grid activities, subject to the normal authority of the Board, pending the development of the approach.