How are applications assessed?
Applications (the project overview and formal proposal) are rigorously reviewed, with top-ranked proposals recommended for investment to the OPA’s Grant Award Committee. This committee consists of the chief executive officer of the OPA as chair, the vice-president of conservation and one expert reviewer from outside the OPA. Funding decisions are made according to the extent to which a proposed project addresses the needs of Ontario’s electricity system and the Conservation Fund criteria outlined below.
Project overviews and proposal submissions will be assessed against the following criteria:
|Strategic Fit||Does the project address a market gap and fit the Conservation Fund and OPA’s strategic objectives and priorities?|
|Potential Impact on Program Design or Measures||Will the project provide lessons or innovations in measures or program design?|
|Market Capability Building Impact||Is the project building the skills and knowledge required by the market to accelerate the design, delivery, marketing and implementation of electricity conservation initiatives?|
|Market, program or technical advance||Is the program concept, measure, approach or tool novel and does it advance the “state of the art” in Ontario?|
|Project Team||Does the project team have the qualifications and experience required to execute the project? Is there evidence of strong and appropriate partnerships?|
|Local Distribution Company (LDC) Involvement||If appropriate for the project concept, is an LDC partner involved in the project?|
|Project funding||Has the project secured the funding required to complete the project? Does the funding satisfy OPA leverage requirements?|
|Project purpose and outcomes||Are the project’s specific outcomes, performance targets and success factors clearly articulated?|
|Project Design||Is the project’s design reasonable and likely to meet the stated objectives?|