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Posted in: Ratemaking | Practice & Procedure | Ontario

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OEB Takes Steps Towards Implementing “Activity and Program Based Benchmarking” By David Stevens Mar 01, 2019 On February 25, the Ontario Energy Board staff released their Discussion Paper on Activity and Program Based Benchmarking For Electricity Distributors. The stated objective of APB is “to establish a framework to enable the comparison of utility cost performance in specific capital and OM&A activi...

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

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OEB Staff Recommend Changes to Ontario’s Commercial and Industrial Electricity Rates By David Stevens Feb 25, 2019 On February 21, 2019, the Ontario Energy Board released the Staff Report to the Board on Rate Design for Commercial and Industrial Electricity Customers. The Staff Report is titled “Rates to Support an Evolving Energy Sector” and sets out OEB staff’s recommendations for new rate designs for elect...
Ontario Announces “Made-in-Ontario” Emissions Standards By Zoë Thoms Feb 22, 2019 The Ontario government announced new emission reduction standards as part of its plan to address climate change without imposing a carbon tax. The province developed the Emissions Performance Standards as an alternative to the federal Output-Based Pricing System.

Posted in: Ontario | Practice & Procedure | Facilities

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OEB Issues Additional Code Amendment in its Regional Infrastructure Planning and Cost Allocation Review By David Stevens Feb 19, 2019 On February 14, 2019, the Ontario Energy Board issued a Notice of Amendment to the Distribution System Code confirming the final change arising from the OEB’s Regional Planning and Cost Allocation Review consultation.

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

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Ontario Directs NextBridge to Construct the East-West Tie Transmission Line By David Stevens Feb 01, 2019 On January 30, 2019, the Ontario Minister of Energy issued an Order in Council and Directive to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), mandating that the East-West Tie Line Project will be constructed by NextBridge Infrastructure LP (NextBridge). The Directive indicates that NextBridge’s electricity tra...

Posted in: Ontario | Consumer Protection | Practice & Procedure

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Ontario Court Confirms Dismissal of Proposed Class Action Against Hydro One By David Stevens Jan 25, 2019 On December 31, 2018, the Ontario Divisional Court dismissed an appeal of a November 2017 Decision denying certification of a class action against Hydro One Networks Inc. The proposed class action relates to alleged overcharges resulting from the rollout of a new customer information system start...

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OEB Issues Amendments to Codes to Facilitate Regional Infrastructure Planning By David Stevens Jan 24, 2019 In late December 2018, the Ontario Energy Board issued a Notice of Amendments to Codes to Facilitate Regional Planning. The Notice confirms many changes to the Transmission System Code and Distribution System Code that the OEB has been proposing over the past year to reflect the findings and conc...

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OEB Launches “Innovation Sandbox” By David Stevens Jan 23, 2019 On January 16, 2019, the Ontario Energy Board announced that its "Innovation Sandbox" is open for business. The goal of this initiative is to provide advice and support to project proponents seeking to advance “innovative projects related to electricity or natural gas service.”
Top Energy Insider Posts of 2018 By Zoë Thoms Jan 21, 2019 2018 saw many interesting developments in the energy sector, both in Ontario and across Canada. The topic that got the most reads on Energy Insider in 2018 was the changes implemented by Ontario’s new provincial government. Other widely-read topics included developments at the Ontario Energy Boar...

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.
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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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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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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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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: 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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