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OEB Proposes Updated Rules for Consumers Switching Away From TOU Pricing By David Stevens and Angela Oh Aug 31, 2020 As discussed previously, the Government of Ontario has announced that Regulated Price Plan consum... As discussed previously, the Government of Ontario has announced that Regulated Price Plan consumers will be able to opt out of time-of-use pricing in favour of tiered prices starting November 1, 2020.

Posted in: Energy Storage | Canada (Federal) | Ontario | Facilities | Energy Policy

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2020: Energy Storage Developments in the Last Twelve Months By David Stevens, Angela Oh and Benjamin Mayer-Goodman Aug 28, 2020 Each year, we highlight the growing prominence of the energy storage market. This article is our ... Each year, we highlight the growing prominence of the energy storage market. This article is our annual update on the topic of energy storage in Canada, the United States and beyond since our post last summer.

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Ontario Consults on Removing Timing Requirements for Next Long-Term Energy Plan By David Stevens and Benjamin Mayer-Goodman Jul 31, 2020 On July 27, 2020, the Ontario government issued a proposal to remove the timing requirements for ... On July 27, 2020, the Ontario government issued a proposal to remove the timing requirements for releasing Ontario’s next Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) by revoking Ontario Regulation 355/17 (the Long-Term Energy Plans Regulation).

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Ontario | Ratemaking | Energy Policy

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OEB Approves Hydro One’s Rate Orders for Peterborough and Orillia Transactions By Fred D. Cass Jul 10, 2020 The OEB has now approved rate orders and accounting orders to give effect to its decisions in res... The OEB has now approved rate orders and accounting orders to give effect to its decisions in respect of the Peterborough and Orillia transactions. The OEB’s decisions approving the rate orders address a number of matters arising from its conditions and directions in respect of ...
BCUC Approves FortisBC Energy’s Clean Growth Innovation Fund By David Stevens and Benjamin Mayer-Goodman Jun 29, 2020 On June 22, FortisBC Energy Inc.’s application for a $24.5 million ratepayer funded Clean Growth ... On June 22, FortisBC Energy Inc.’s application for a $24.5 million ratepayer funded Clean Growth Innovation Fund was approved by the British Columbia Utilities Commission as part of FortisBC’s rate application.

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Ontario | Energy Policy

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OEB Reaffirms That Proposal By New Gas Distributor Must Include Assessment of CNG Option By Fred D. Cass Jun 08, 2020 In a decision issued on June 4, the OEB concluded that the grounds for a review motion brought by... In a decision issued on June 4, the OEB concluded that the grounds for a review motion brought by Red Rock Indian Band and Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation did not pass the threshold test and it dismissed the motion.

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Ontario | Energy Policy

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OEB Approves Project Granted Funding Under the Access to Natural Gas Act By Fred D. Cass May 12, 2020 The OEB has approved a project that, with funding granted under the Access to Natural Gas Act, wi... The OEB has approved a project that, with funding granted under the Access to Natural Gas Act, will extend natural gas distribution into a previously unserved area in the northeast of North Bay, Ontario.

Posted in: Ontario | Practice & Procedure | Energy Policy

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Ontario Superior Court Will Hear Challenge to Validity of Global Adjustment Charges By David Stevens May 07, 2020 As discussed in a previous post, in November 2019, the Ontario Court of Appeal decided that a cha... As discussed in a previous post, in November 2019, the Ontario Court of Appeal decided that a challenge to the validity of the Global Adjustment charges should proceed to be heard by the Superior Court of Justice on the basis of a full evidentiary record.

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OEB Approves Hydro One Acquisition of Orillia and Peterborough Electricity Distributors By Fred D. Cass May 04, 2020 The OEB has now approved the acquisition of Orillia Power by Hydro One, subject to a number of co... The OEB has now approved the acquisition of Orillia Power by Hydro One, subject to a number of conditions, in a decision issued on April 30, 2020. In another decision issued on the same day, the OEB approved Hydro One’s proposed acquisition of Peterborough Distribution ...

Posted in: Environmental Issues | Climate Change / Renewables | Energy Policy

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Climate Change Litigation - Dutch Supreme Court Delivers Historic Climate Change Decision in the Urgenda Case By David Stevens and David Mba Feb 27, 2020 The Supreme Court of Netherlands recently delivered a landmark decision in the Urgenda climate change case against the Dutch government, confirming lower court decisions holding that the government has obligations to urgently and significantly redu...

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OEB Dismisses Application Seeking Revocation of Market Rule Amendments By Fred D. Cass Jan 28, 2020 In September 2019, the Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario filed an application to the Ontario Energy Board in which it asked the OEB to revoke, and send back for further consideration, a set of amendments to Ontario’s wholesale electricity market rules made by the Independe...

Posted in: Ontario | Energy Policy | Energy Storage | Practice & Procedure

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OEB Decision Confirms Policy and Treatment of Behind-the-Meter Storage Is a Topic for the Responding to DERs Consultation By David Stevens Jan 10, 2020 A recent decision by the Ontario Energy Board in Toronto Hydro’s “Custom IR” rate application confirms that utilities wishing to include behind-the-meter storage in their regulated operations should seek policy changes in the OEB’s ongo...

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

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Ontario Minister of the Environment Revokes Approval of Under-Construction Wind Farm Project By David Stevens Dec 12, 2019 On December 4, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks granted an appeal overturning the approval of the Nation Rise Wind Farm in North Stormont, Ontario.

Posted in: Ontario | Ratemaking | Practice & Procedure | Energy Policy

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Ontario Court of Appeal Restores Challenge to Validity of Global Adjustment Charges By David Stevens Dec 04, 2019 On November 27, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in National Steel Car Limited v. Independent Electricity System Operator, finding that a challenge to the validity of the Global Adjustment charges should proceed to be heard by the Superior Court of Justice ...

Posted in: Ontario | Consumer Protection | Practice & Procedure | Energy Policy

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Ontario Government Directs the IESO to Review Generation Contracts and Large Customer Billing Practices By David Stevens Nov 08, 2019 As indicated in the Ontario government’s 2019 Fall Economic Update, the Ontario Minister of Energy recently issued two Directives to the Independent Electricity System Operator.

Posted in: Ratemaking | Facilities | British Columbia | Practice & Procedure | Energy Policy

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British Columbia Utilities Commission Issues Draft Report Addressing the Regulation of Indigenous Utilities By David Stevens Nov 06, 2019 On November 1, 2019, the British Columbia Utilities Commission issued a Draft Report in its Inquiry Respecting the Regulation of Indigenous Utilities. The Draft Report sets out the commission’s recommendations about the extent to which “Indigenous Ut...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ontario

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Province Implements Changes to Residential Hydro Bills to Highlight Provincial Subsidies Oct 22, 2019 As of November 1, Ontario electricity providers will be required to list the total amount of the provincial subsidization of electricity charges on residential customer’s bills. The changes will not, however, affect the amounts currently paid by customers. This change ...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Ontario | Climate Change / Renewables | Energy Policy

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Ontario Government Should Have Consulted Before Repealing the Cap and Trade Regulation By David Stevens Oct 15, 2019 On October 11, the Ontario Divisional Court found that the Ontario government failed to comply with its legal obligation to consult before repealing the Cap and Trade Regulation.

Posted in: Canada (Federal) | Energy Policy

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Government of Canada Establishes the Canadian Centre for Energy Information By David Stevens Aug 28, 2019 As promised in the 2019 Budget, the federal government is moving forward with the “Canadian Centre for Energy Information.” The Centre is a partnership between Natural Resources Canada and Statistics Canada.

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ratemaking | Practice & Procedure | Ontario

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OEB to Hear Review Motion Regarding Electricity Distributor’s Proposal for New Office By Fred D. Cass Aug 26, 2019 In August 2019, the Ontario Energy Board issued procedural orders with respect to the hearing of a motion for review of its earlier decision on an application made by Energy+ Inc. for approval of an Advanced Capital Module project.
OEB Launches Review of Electricity Distributors’ DER Connection Policies By David Stevens Aug 21, 2019 On August 13, 2019, the Ontario Energy Board issued a letter launching a review of the requirements for licensed electricity distributors to connect distributed energy resources (DER Connections Review). The DER Connections Review is a companion initiative to the OEB’s ongoing Respond...

Posted in: British Columbia | Energy Policy | Climate Change / Renewables

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BCUC Completes EV Charging Inquiry With Recommendations About Regulated Utilities’ Role By David Stevens Aug 15, 2019 In June 2019, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued the Phase 2 Report from its Inquiry into the Regulation of Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Service. This Report looked at the role that might be played by regulated utilities in providing EV charg...
2019: Energy Storage Developments in the Last Twelve Months By David Stevens and Emily Chittick Aug 02, 2019 Over the past few years, we have provided annual updates on the topic of energy storage in North America and elsewhere. In this article, we will explore storage developments in Canada, the United States and beyond since our post last summer.

Posted in: Facilities | Energy Storage | Ratemaking | Ontario | Energy Policy

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OEB Taking a “Refreshed Approach” to Its DER and Utility Remuneration Consultation By David Stevens Jul 24, 2019 On July 17, 2019, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued a letter explaining its “refreshed” approach to stakeholder engagement for its previously-announced consultation processes on Utility Remuneration and Responding to Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). Among other thing...
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