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Posted in: Climate Change / Renewables | Energy Policy | Canada (Federal)

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NEB Reports Discuss GHG Emissions By Economic Sector, Including Residential Electricity Consumption By David Stevens Jun 23, 2017 In two recent “Market Snapshot” reports, the National Energy Board (NEB) provided information about the main sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada during 2015. These reports offer some insight into the main areas where GHG emissions reductions might be targeted in coming...

Posted in: Consumer Protection | Ontario | Ratemaking | Energy Policy

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OEB Announces New Electricity Prices to Reflect the Fair Hydro Plan By David Stevens Jun 23, 2017 On June 22, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board announced new electricity prices that are intended to implement the promised 25% bill reduction from the Ontario Government’s Fair Hydro Plan.1 For most consumers, the impact will be seen in the form of reduced Regulated Price Plan (RPP) electricit...

Posted in: Ontario | Ratemaking | Consumer Protection | Energy Policy

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Regulations Published to Implement Ontario's Fair Hydro Plan By David Stevens Jun 22, 2017 On May 31, 2017, the Ontario Government passed Bill 132, which is intended to implement the Government’s promised Fair Hydro Plan (discussed in earlier posts, here, here and here). The main part of Bill 132 is the Ontario Fair Hydro Plan Act, 2017, which is included as Schedule I and is ref...

Posted in: Ontario | Energy Policy | Consumer Protection

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OEB Provides First Look at Proposed New Cyber Security Framework By Gaurav Gopinath and David Stevens Jun 16, 2017 In December 2015, the lights blinked out across multiple provinces in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine. Nearly a quarter of a million people lost power. Shortly after power was restored, Ukraine’s Computer Emergency Response Team announced they had identified the root cause: a cyberatt...

Posted in: Ontario | Climate Change / Renewables | Energy Policy

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All Current Allowances Sold at Ontario’s Second Carbon Credit Auction By David Stevens Jun 15, 2017 On June 14, 2017, the results from Ontario’s second Cap and Trade Program Auction of Greenhouse Gas Allowances were released. All available current allowances were sold at the June 6, 2017 auction, along with more than half of the future allowances available for sale. The recent auction was...

Posted in: Consumer Protection | Ratemaking | Ontario

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OEB Expands Rate Review to Include Energy Retailer Service Charges By Stephanie D’Amico and David Stevens Jun 12, 2017 On May 31, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) released a letter stating its intention to review and update Energy Retailer Service Charges for both electricity and natural gas distributors. The review is the second phase of a larger initiative undertaken by the OEB to reevaluate misce...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ontario | Climate Change / Renewables

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OEB’s First Long-Term Carbon Price Forecast Report By Jasmine Chung and David Stevens Jun 09, 2017 On May 31, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued its first Long-Term Carbon Price Forecast Report (the Report). The Report covers the 2018-2028 period and was prepared by ICF Consulting Canada. The Report projects a carbon price of $17 per tCO2e in 2018 rising to $57 per tCO2e in 2028....

Posted in: Ratemaking | Ontario

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OEB Releases Report on Regulatory Treatment of Pension Costs By Gaurav Gopinath and David Stevens Jun 08, 2017 On May 18, 2017, pursuant to the consultation process initiated two years ago, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) released its Report on the Regulatory Treatment of Pension and Other Post-employment Benefits (OPEBs) Costs (“the Report”) discussing the method by which r...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure

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OEB Staff Provide Guidance Regarding Deferral Account for Development Costs By Fred D. Cass Jun 02, 2017 On May 12, 2017, the OEB issued a letter in which OEB staff provided guidance on the implementation of an accounting order providing for the establishment of a deferral account. In March 2017, the OEB had ruled on an application made on behalf of Wataynikaneyap Power LP (WPLP) for an accounting o...

Posted in: Climate Change / Renewables | Energy Policy | Facilities | Canada (Federal)

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Federal Government Releases Draft Rules to Reduce Methane Emission in Oil and Gas Sector By David Stevens Jun 02, 2017 On May 25, 2017, the federal government released a draft of the Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector). The proposed regulations aim to reduce intentional and unintentional methane emissions by imposing restr...

Posted in: Climate Change / Renewables | Energy Policy | Canada (Federal)

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National Carbon Pricing Slated for 2018 Implementation By David Stevens Jun 01, 2017 On May 18, 2017, the federal government released a technical report regarding the much-anticipated national carbon pricing framework. As previously discussed, provinces will have until the end of 2017 to set their own pricing. Starting January 1, 2018, however, federally-imposed pricing will take...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ontario | Climate Change / Renewables

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OEB Convenes Net Metering Consultation in Advance of New Rules By David Stevens May 26, 2017 On May 25, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued a letter convening a “Net Metering Consultation.” The Net Metering Consultation is intended to explore the implications of the updated Net Metering Regulation (which will come into force on July 1, 2017), and to determine what cha...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ontario | Ratemaking | Consumer Protection

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Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office Finds That “Fair Hydro Plan” Has a Net Cost of $21 Billion By David Stevens May 25, 2017 On May 24, 2017, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) published its Assessment of the Fiscal Impact of the Province’s Fair Hydro Plan. This Assessment reviews how Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan (FHP) will impact electricity ratepayers and provincial finances. As set out in...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Ontario | Consumer Protection

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OEB Issues “Consumer Charter” and Announces Details of Review of Utilities’ Current Customer Service Rules By David Stevens May 24, 2017 On May 16, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) published its “Consumer Charter.” As explained by the OEB, the Consumer Charter sets out the key rights held by Ontario energy consumers in an “easily understood format.” The consumer rights addressed in the Consumer Charter ...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Facilities | Energy Policy | Canada (Federal)

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Expert Panel Releases Report on Modernization of the NEB By David Stevens May 18, 2017 On May 15, 2017, the Expert Panel on the Modernization of the National Energy Board (NEB) released their report, titled “Forward, Together: Enabling Canada’s Clean, Safe and Secure Energy Future” (the Report). A key recommendation in the Report is the need for a clearly-defined ...
NEB Publishes Energy East Project Draft Lists of Issues For Comment By David Stevens May 16, 2017 On May 10, 2017, the National Energy Board (NEB) issued a letter on the draft Lists of Issues related to the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects, as well as draft Factors and Scope of the Factors to be considered in the NEB’s environmental assessment of each project. As we ha...
Legislation Introduced to Implement Ontario’s “Fair Hydro Plan” By David Stevens May 15, 2017 On May 11, 2017, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 132, which is intended to implement the government’s promised Fair Hydro Plan (discussed in earlier posts, here and here). The main part of Bill 132 is the Ontario Fair Hydro Plan Act, 2017, which is included as Schedule I and is refer...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Climate Change / Renewables

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CAMPUT 2017: Decarbonizing Canada’s Energy Future – Pricing Carbon By Zoë Thoms May 12, 2017 On May 8, 2017, the 2017 CAMPUT panel “Decarbonizing Canada’s Energy Future – Pricing Carbon” addressed the federal and provincial patchwork of carbon pricing in Canada and its impact on citizens’ pocketbooks and the economy. Panel moderator Joseph Doucet (Dean, Scho...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Practice & Procedure

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Modernizing Hearings – Facilitating Public Engagement in Decision Making By David Stevens May 10, 2017 On May 9, 2017, a panel titled “Modernizing Hearings – Facilitating Public Engagement in Decision Making” was presented at the 2017 CAMPUT Conference. The question discussed by the panel was how to address changes in public expectations in the face of important issues such as cl...

Posted in: Energy Policy

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Energy Systems in Transition- What Does That Mean for Regulators? By David Stevens May 09, 2017 The theme of the 2017 CAMPUT Conference was “Energy and Regulation in Transition: Charting the Course.” An interesting session on May 8, 2017, looked at “Energy Systems in Transition” and was titled “Winds of Change.” Sergio Marchi, the President and CEO of the...

Posted in: British Columbia | Upcoming Events

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Attending CAMPUT? We Will See You There! May 01, 2017 David Stevens, Scott Stoll and Zoë Thoms will be attending the 2017 CAMPUT Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC from May 7 – 10. The CAMPUT Annual Conference has the reputation of being Canada’s most important conference dealing with energy and utility regulation. Our law...

Posted in: Consumer Protection | Energy Policy | Ontario | Ratemaking

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Recently-Posted OEB Report Supports Elimination of Distribution Charges for On-Reserve First Nations Customers By David Stevens Apr 27, 2017 As we discussed in an earlier post, one element of the Ontario Government’s Fair Hydro Plan proposes the creation of a First Nations On-Reserve Delivery Credit, which will eliminate the delivery charge for all on-reserve First Nations households. An Ontario Energy Board (OEB) Report to the ...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Facilities | Quebec | Newfoundland

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Supreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Appeal in Churchill Falls Contract Dispute By David Stevens Apr 24, 2017 On April 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) granted leave to appeal to Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation Limited (CFLCo) against Hydro-Quebec in a case challenging the pricing for a 65-year power purchase agreement signed by the parties in 1969. As we described in an earlier post, C...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ontario | Ratemaking | Consumer Protection

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Ontario's Electricity Rates to Go Down in Advance of Implementing the "Fair Hydro Plan" By David Stevens Apr 21, 2017 On April 20, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced that the electricity supply cost (Regulated Price Plan or RPP) for residential and small business customers will be reduced starting on May 1. As explained in the OEB's Regulated Price Plan Price Report, the reduction in RPP results from...
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