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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Report Says That Ontario's Electricity Costs Do Not Impair Automobile Sector Competitiveness By David Stevens Apr 19, 2017 A March 2017 report "Electricity Pricing in Ontario and its Effect on Competitiveness: An Automotive Manufacturing Case Study" concludes that Ontario's electricity costs have no meaningful effect on automobile sector competitiveness. The report was prepared by Greig Mordue and Kelly White and pub...

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

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Challenge to California's Cap and Trade Program Dismissed By Appeal Court By David Stevens Apr 18, 2017 On April 6, 2017, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District issued a decision dismissing an appeal of a lower court decision that had upheld the constitutionality of California's Cap and Trade Program. The Court of Appeal's decision means that the Cap and Trade Program will ...

Posted in: Ontario | Practice & Procedure | Facilities | Consumer Protection

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OEB Requires Electricity Distributor to Take Over Embedded Distributor's Operations By David Stevens Apr 13, 2017 On April 4, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued an Order requiring Algoma Power Inc. (Algoma Power) to operate the electricity distribution system owned by Dubreuil Lumber Inc. (DLI) in the Township of Dubreuil (which is north of Wawa, Ontario). The OEB's Order follows notification from D...

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Ontario Passes Legislation That May Ban Door-to-Door HVAC Transactions By David Stevens Apr 12, 2017 On April 10, 2017, the Ontario government passed Bill 59, titled Putting Consumers First Act (Consumer Protection Statute Law Amendment), 2017. The version of the legislation that was passed is substantially similar to the initial version, which we wrote about in an earlier post, and in a related...

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Ontario Publishes Proposed Technical Changes to Cap and Trade Regulations for Comment By David Stevens Apr 06, 2017 On April 5, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) issued a proposal titled Amendments to Cap and Trade Program Regulation and Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation. The proposal sets out plans to update how free allowa...

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Ontario Creates Green Bank to Fund Low-Carbon Tech By Zoë Thoms Apr 04, 2017 As promised in the Climate Change Action Plan, Ontario recently announced the creation of the Ontario Climate Change Solutions Deployment Corporation, also known as the Green Bank. The new provincial agency was created by the recently enacted regulation, Ontario Climate Change Solutions Deploymen...

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Strong Results from Ontario's First Carbon Credit Auction By David Stevens Apr 03, 2017 On April 3, 2017, the results from Ontario's first Cap and Trade Program Auction of Greenhouse Gas Allowances were released. As explained in the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change news release, all available current allowances were sold, along with more than one quarter of the future ...

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Regulatory Changes to Support Ontario's Fair Hydro Plan Posted for Comment By David Stevens Mar 30, 2017 Earlier this month, the Ontario Ministry of Energy posted two notices about regulatory amendments being proposed to implement the Fair Hydro Plan announced by Premier Wynne. As we discussed earlier, the Fair Hydro Plan aims to reduce Ontario electricity bills by 25% through a series of measures, ...

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Motion Dismissed When Two-Person OEB Panel Does Not Reach Unanimous Decision By David Stevens Mar 28, 2017 On March 23, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) released its Decision and Order in a Review Motion that the OEB itself had commenced, indicating that the hearing panel could not reach a unanimous decision. Essentially, the Decision and Order indicated that because the motion was heard by a two-...

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Ontario Proposes to Restrict Landlords from Passing Cap and Trade Costs to Tenants By David Stevens Mar 27, 2017 On March 23, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Housing issued a Notice in the Regulatory Registry proposing changes to the General Regulation under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. These changes would stipulate that a landlord's carbon costs within natural gas bills cannot be included when calcul...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ontario | Procurement

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Study Estimates Billions of Dollars in Benefits From IESO's Market Renewal Project By David Stevens Mar 10, 2017 A recent study prepared by the Brattle Group and others for Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) estimates that Ontario could realize net benefits of $2.2 billion to $5.2 billion from reforming the wholesale electricity markets. This would be achieved through the IESO's propos...

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Ontario Announces Fair Hydro Plan to Reduce Electricity Bills By David Stevens Mar 06, 2017 On March 2, 2017, Premier Wynne announced the Fair Hydro Plan that is intended to reduce residential electricity bills in Ontario by 17%. Ontario's government says that when these savings are combined with the removal of the Ontario portion of HST on electricity bills (discussed in an earlier pos...
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