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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.
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...

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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: 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 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 ...

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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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.

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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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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: 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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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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