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

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IESO Publishes Recommendations for Removing Obstacles to Energy Storage in Ontario By David Stevens Dec 20, 2018 On December 19, 2018, the Independent Electricity System Operator published a report titled "Removing Obstacles for Storage Resources in Ontario." The report explains the work that has been done by the IESO-sponsored Energy Storage Advisory Group, and sets out a number of recommendations towards ...

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

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OEB Takes Next Steps to Implement Changes to Utility Customer Service Rules By David Stevens Dec 19, 2018 On December 18, 2018, the Ontario Energy Board issued a Notice setting out next steps to implement the findings in the Report on the Review of Customer Service Rules for Utilities.
BCUC Report Finds No Need For Regulation of Public EV Charging Stations By David Stevens Dec 12, 2018 On November 26, 2018, the British Columbia Utilities Commission issued its Phase I Report from its Inquiry into the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging Service. In this Report, the BCUC found that the public EV charging market does not exhibit monopoly characteristics and economic regulation ...
Ontario Government Files Arguments in Federal Carbon Pricing Challenge By Zoë Thoms Dec 07, 2018 The Ontario government recently filed a factum setting out its argument against the federal government’s carbon pricing legislation as unconstitutional. The factum expands on the arguments outlined in the statement of particulars previously filed by the Attorney General of Ontario.

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

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Ontario Releases Its New Environment Plan By David Stevens Dec 06, 2018 On November 29, 2018, the Ontario government released its promised plan to address climate change, titled Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The Environment Plan addresses four main topics: protecting air and water; addressing cli...

Posted in: Ratemaking | Practice & Procedure | Ontario

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OEB Increases Service Charges From Distributors to Energy Retailers and Customers By David Stevens Dec 06, 2018 On November 29, 2018, the Ontario Energy Board issued its Report on Energy Retailer Service Charges. The OEB concluded that the current retail service charges from electricity distributors to electricity retailers and their customers need to be increased so that all of the distributors’ costs are...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Ontario | Consumer Protection

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OEB Initiates Phase 2 of Its Customer Service Rules Review By David Stevens Nov 13, 2018 The Ontario Energy Board has now announced plans to proceed with “Phase 2” of its Customer Service Rules Review. This article outlines key areas of focus.

Posted in: Canada (Federal) | Practice & Procedure | British Columbia | Facilities

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NEB Agrees to Consider Whether Pipeline Serving LNG Canada Project Requires NEB Approval By David Stevens Nov 12, 2018 In late October 2018, the National Energy Board issued a letter indicating that the NEB will consider a jurisdictional challenge over whether the NEB must approve the Coastal GasLink Pipeline that would serve the recently-confirmed LNG Canada project.
Federal Government Announces Carbon Tax Systems For Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan By Zoë Thoms and Jonathan Yantzi Nov 09, 2018 On October 23, 2018, the federal government announced details regarding the federal carbon tax systems that it will implement in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan (the “federal backstop jurisdictions”) in 2019. The federal backstop jurisdictions did not design their own pollution ...

Posted in: Ontario | Ratemaking | Facilities

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Ontario Proposes New Approach for Expansion of Natural Gas to Unserved Communities By David Stevens Oct 22, 2018 The Ontario government recently proposed amendments to the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 (OEB Act) that are intended to support the expansion of natural gas service to unserved communities. The amendments will provide “rate protection” for consumers where the gas distributor makes investments to...

Posted in: Procurement | Ontario | Energy Policy

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IESO Forecasts Electricity Shortfall of 1,400 MW by 2023 By Zoë Thoms Oct 19, 2018 The IESO recently released details of its long-term electricity outlook and planning processes. The IESO projects a shortfall of 1,400 MW by 2023 and 3,700 MW by 2025 before plateauing to about 2,000 MW over the long term. The need for new capacity is primarily driven by the retirement of the Pic...
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Ontario Consults on “Made-in-Ontario Climate Change Plan” By David Stevens Oct 19, 2018 On October 17, 2018, the Ontario government initiated its public consultation process for a new “made-in-Ontario climate change plan.” The consultation is consistent with the indication in the (not yet-passed) Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018 that the Minister of Environment, Conservation and...

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

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Ontario Repeals Green Energy Act, 2009 By Zoë Thoms and Jonathan Yantzi Oct 12, 2018 The Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines recently introduced legislation to repeal the Green Energy Act, 2009 and its regulations. The Green Energy Act, 2009 was enacted ten years ago to expand renewable energy production, encourage energy conservation and create jobs in the...

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Powerful Women: Indy Butany-DeSouza By Zoë Thoms and Corrine Kennedy Oct 05, 2018 This week’s Powerful Women series profiles Indy Butany-DeSouza, Vice President Regulatory Affairs & Privacy Officer, at Alectra Utilities Corporation, the second-largest municipally-owned electricity utility in North America. In her dynamic interview, Indy shares her journey to the energy sector,...

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Ontario Decides Not to Implement New Regulations to Support Expanded Net Metering By David Stevens Oct 03, 2018 A recent Notice from the Ontario government indicates that the planned amendments to Ontario’s Net Metering Regulation under the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 will not proceed as planned. The result is that the amendments that were planned for October 1st have been revoked. Instead, the Notice i...
Ontario to Challenge Federal Carbon Pricing Statute as Unconstitutional By Zoë Thoms and Jonathan Yantzi Sep 28, 2018 The Government of Ontario recently filed a reference with the Court of Appeal challenging the federal government’s carbon tax legislation as unconstitutional. On July 25, 2018, the newly-elected Ontario government introduced legislation to cancel the Ontario Cap and Trade Program.

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Utility 2.0 | Ontario | Energy Policy

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OEA Releases Discussion Paper on Load Serving Entities By Ron W. Clark Sep 20, 2018 On September 13, 2018, the Ontario Energy Association released “Policy Case: Recommendations for an Ontario Load-Serving Entity Model.” In the paper, the authors make the case for allowing local electricity distribution companies to act as Load Serving Entities and procure electricity generation ...

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Powerful Women: Michelle Branigan By Corrine Kennedy and Zoë Thoms Sep 18, 2018 Michelle Branigan is the CEO of Electricity Human Resources Canada. In her interview, Michelle encourages women to not worry about being perfect and avoid limiting themselves. She also highlights the opportunities ahead as the industry undergoes a major transformation.

Posted in: Ontario | Practice & Procedure | Consumer Protection

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OEB Issues Report Proposing Changes to Utility Customer Service Rules By David Stevens Sep 17, 2018 As we discussed in an earlier post, the Ontario Energy Board has been engaged in a review of Customer Service Rules for Electricity and Gas consumers. This was promised at the time that the OEB first implemented new rules to ban local electricity distribution companies from disconnecting resident...

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Leadership Accord for Gender Diversity | EHRC By Corrine Kennedy and Zoë Thoms Sep 14, 2018 In anticipation of our interview with Michelle Branigan, Chief Executive Officer of Electricity Human Resources Canada, this week’s blog post takes a preliminary look at the Leadership Accord for Gender Diversity, its genesis, purpose and the effect it is having on the industry.

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Powerful Women: Teresa Sarkesian By Corrine Kennedy and Zoë Thoms Sep 07, 2018 Teresa Sarkesian is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Electricity Distributor’s Association. In her interview, Teresa discusses the importance of all leaders carving out time to contemplate long-term strategy, allowing leaders to be proactive in their practice and initiatives. She al...

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OEB Allows Hydro One Motion to Review and Vary 2017/2018 Transmission Revenue Requirement Decision By David Stevens Sep 06, 2018 On August 31, 2018, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) released its Decision on Hydro One’s Motion to Review and Vary aspects of the OEB’s earlier Decision and Order setting Hydro One’s transmission revenue requirement for 2017 and 2018.

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

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Federal Court of Appeal Quashes Cabinet Approval of Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion By David Stevens and Matthew Helfand Sep 05, 2018 On August 30, 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision in the matter of Tsleil-Waututh Nation et al. v. Attorney General of Canada et al. In this decision, the court has quashed Cabinet’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

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

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Ontario Natural Gas Distributors to End Cap and Trade Charges By David Stevens Aug 30, 2018 Now that the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 1998 has passed, the Ontario government has issued an announcement indicating that Ontario natural gas distributors will be required to remove Cap and Trade charges from customer bills as of October 1, 2018. This will change (reduce) the distribution r...
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