Pandemic Planing Guide PDF
(Updated: February 2011)
An Emergency Plan
All market participants must prepare emergency plans that describe how they will respond to emergencies affecting the supply or delivery of electricity. While the IESO and all market participants strive to assure the reliability of the IESO-controlled grid at all times, there is also a need to be ready for emergency situations and to be able to respond to all threats and hazards whether natural or man-made.
What Needs to be Done
All market participants must submit to the IESO an Emergency Preparedness Plan that describes:
The IESO helps coordinate market participants' Emergency Preparedness Plans. The stakeholder-represented Emergency Preparedness Task Force (EPTF), chaired by the IESO's Chief Operating Officer, has been active since 1998 to facilitate and oversee these efforts.
The Emergency Preparedness Task Force (EPTF) provides overall direction and oversight in co-ordinating Ontario's electricity emergency planning efforts. All market participants are welcome to participate in the EPTF, which includes representatives from government agencies. The Ontario Electricity Emergency Plan describes the framework for this collaboration across Ontario's electricity industry.
The EPTF works closely with the Ministry of Energy and Emergency Management Ontario to ensure that electricity industry emergency plans support Ontario's Provincial Emergency Plan. This includes:
The EPTF assigns stakeholder-represented working groups to carry out this work.
Market participants should activate their emergency plans according to local circumstances. In the event of a large-scale electricity emergency such as occurred during the January 1998 ice-storm or the August 2003 blackout, the Ontario electricity industry's Crisis Management Support Team (CMST) will be activated.
The Ontario Power System Restoration Plan
The Ontario Power System Restoration Plan (OPSRP) details the technical requirements to expediently restore the IESO-controlled grid after a partial or complete blackout.
Owners or operators of ‘restoration-related breakers' as defined by the OPSRP, must submit a Restoration Plan Attachment that outlines how obligations will be met to support the OPSRP. Several documents and guides are available to help meet these obligations.
Power System Reliability Workshops
Since 2001, the IESO has conducted large-scale integrated emergency exercises to build on Ontario's emergency preparedness, and to help market participants meet their obligations to test their emergency plans. The IESO also offers power system restoration workshops. To enhance the IESO's emergency preparedness program after the August 2003 blackout, numerous power system restoration workshops across Ontario have been conducted.
For example, in 2013, approximately 315 system operators from 45 different companies, from all market participant classes, attended restoration workshops. The IESO, in discussion with major stakeholders, has scheduled six 2014 workshops.
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