Local distribution companies are responsible for delivering electricity, transformed from the high-voltage transmission system to the low-voltage distribution system, to more than four million Ontario homes, businesses and public institutions. Local distribution companies deal directly with residents and small businesses, create and implement conservation programs and maintain local distribution wires.
There are about 80 local distribution companies in the province. They are both publicly and privately owned with the majority being owned by municipalities. Local distribution companies are regulated monopolies in their respective communities and service areas. Their rates are regulated by the Ontario Energy Board.
Local distribution companies are responsible for connecting both FIT and microFIT projects to the distribution system. They assess and approve the connection of renewable energy projects to the low-voltage distribution system and work with project owners to complete their system connections.