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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...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Ratemaking | Ontario

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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...

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

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OEB Confirms Rejection of Hydro One’s Proposed Acquisition of Orillia Power Distribution By David Stevens Aug 27, 2018 On August 23, 2018, the Ontario Energy Board issued a Decision and Order dismissing a motion to review and vary the OEB’s prior decision denying Hydro One’s application to purchase the shares of Orillia Power Distribution Corporation. The OEB found that the moving parties (Hydro One and Orillia P...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ratemaking | Manitoba

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Manitoba Hydro Appeals PUB Approval of Special Rates for On-Reserve First Nations Customers By David Stevens Aug 17, 2018 In its Final Order with respect to Manitoba Hydro’s 2017/18 and 2018/19 General Rate Application, the Manitoba Public Utilities Board (PUB) ordered and approved a new rate class and rate for On-Reserve Residential Customers in Manitoba to address bill affordability issues for those customers. Spe...

Posted in: Nova Scotia | Facilities | Climate Change / Renewables

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Nova Scotia Utility Withdraws from Tidal Generation Project By David Stevens Aug 16, 2018 Recent events seem to signal the end of the Cape Sharp Tidal project. As previously discussed, Cape Sharp Tidal has been a joint venture between Ireland-based OpenHydro and Nova Scotia Power affiliate Emera, created to deploy two 2MW tidal turbines in Minas Passage at the Fundy Ocean Research Cen...
Ottawa Eases Carbon Tax Threshold While Ontario Government Launches Court Challenge Against Tax By Zoë Thoms and Peter Dalglish Aug 10, 2018 On July 27, 2018, the federal government announced that large industrial companies will face a less-stringent threshold on emissions penalties when Ottawa’s carbon tax rolls out on January 1, 2019.

Posted in: Energy Storage

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2018: Energy Storage Developments in the Last Twelve Months By David Stevens and Jasmine Chung Aug 07, 2018 The energy storage market continues to gain momentum over the past year. McKinsey reported that from 2012 to 2017, battery costs fell more than 15% per year, for a total five-year drop of more than 50%. The total cost of energy storage systems (i.e. battery-pack costs; other hardware costs such ...

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

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Ontario Introduces Legislation to Cancel the Cap and Trade Program By David Stevens and Peter Dalglish Aug 03, 2018 On July 25, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Bill 4, referred to as the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 1998. The new legislation will implement the Government of Ontario’s commitment to wind down Ontario’s Cap and Trade Program, and follows up on the July 3, 2018 announcement that the gov...

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

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New Ontario Government Introduces Hydro One Accountability Act By Zoë Thoms and Peter Dalglish Jul 24, 2018 On July 16, 2018, the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Greg Rickford introduced Bill 2, Urgent Priorities Act, 2018, into the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The bill marks the first major piece of legislation tabled by the new Progressive Conservative government, and directly ...

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

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Ontario Cancels Renewable Energy Projects and Introduces White Pines Wind Project Termination Act, 2018 By Zoë Thoms and Stan Fedun Jul 19, 2018 On July 5, 2018, Ontario’s newly-appointed Minister of Energy, Development and Mines, Greg Rickford, issued a Directive (1003/2018) pursuant to subsections 25.32(5) and (11) of the Electricity Act, 1998 to the Independent Electricity System Operator to immediately wind down all Feed-In Tariff and...

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

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New Ontario Government Outlines Plan for Energy, Gas in First Throne Speech By Zoë Thoms and Peter Dalglish Jul 13, 2018 The incoming Progressive Conservative provincial government delivered its first Speech from the Throne on July 12, 2018, in the Ontario Legislature. The speech set out the government’s agenda for the first legislative session of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario, which was officially opened on July ...

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

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Ontario to Cancel White Pines Wind Project By David Stevens Jul 11, 2018 On July 10, 2018, the Ontario government announced its three “top legislative priorities” for the upcoming summer sitting of the legislature. Two of these have energy implications. First, the Ontario government is cancelling the Cap and Trade Program. Second, the Ontario government also announced...

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

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Government of Ontario Officially Ends Cap and Trade By David Stevens and Stan Fedun Jul 05, 2018 On July 3, 2018, Premier Doug Ford announced that the Government of Ontario has revoked Ontario Regulation 144/16 – The Cap and Trade Program under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 and that his government will take immediate steps towards an “orderly wind-down” of al...

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

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Green Ontario Fund To Be Wound Down By Incoming Government By David Stevens and Stan Fedun Jun 28, 2018 During the 2018 Ontario general election, Doug Ford and Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives made a number of promises and statements related to energy policy and their plans if elected, including a promise to end Ontario’s cap and trade program. On June 15, 2018, Premier-Designate Ford announced ...

Posted in: Ratemaking | Practice & Procedure | Ontario

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OEB Issues Scoping Decision in Its Second “Proportionate Review” Proceeding By David Stevens Jun 28, 2018 On June 8, 2018, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued a Decision on Scope of Review in the Erie Thames Powerlines Corporation (ETPL) cost of service rate application. This is the second case that the OEB is considering under its new “proportionate review” approach. In the Scope of Review Decisio...

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Powerful Women: Shelley Babin By Corrine Kennedy and Zoë Thoms Jun 27, 2018 Shelley Babin is the Vice President, Law & General Counsel of Ontario Power Generation Inc. Shelley is an Accelerate Leader and a Mentoring Plus+ mentor for the development of high-potential employees, including those of visible minorities, and she is an advocate for diversity and inclusion initi...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Ontario | Consumer Protection

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Aggregate Approach Applied By OEB to Determine Meaning of “Consumer” Under ECPA By David Stevens and Stan Fedun Jun 25, 2018 The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) recently ruled that the Energy Consumer Protection Act, 2010, (the Act) allows a retailer to aggregate a customer’s consumption at multiple locations for the purpose of determining whether or not that customer is exempt from certain requirements under the Act.

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

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Ontario Takes First Steps to “Cancel” Cap and Trade By David Stevens Jun 19, 2018 In a recent post, we asked what's next under Ontario's new government? It didn’t take long to get a first answer to this question. On June 15, 2018, Ontario’s Premier-designate (Doug Ford) announced “an End to Ontario's Cap-and-Trade Carbon Tax.” According to the news release, “cabinet's first ac...
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