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OEB Upholds Decision Eliminating Hydro One’s Seasonal Rates By Fred D. Cass Sep 23, 2020 The Ontario Energy Board has dismissed a motion to review and vary its 2015 decision that Hydro O... The Ontario Energy Board has dismissed a motion to review and vary its 2015 decision that Hydro One Networks Inc. eliminate its seasonal customer class and move existing seasonal customers to one of three Hydro One residential rate classes on the basis of density.

Posted in: Ontario | Ratemaking | Consumer Protection

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Changes Coming for Ontario Electricity Consumers By David Stevens Sep 09, 2020 The Ontario Energy Board has now issued final amendments to the Standard Supply Service Code to s... The Ontario Energy Board has now issued final amendments to the Standard Supply Service Code to support the customer election process necessary to switch from time-of-use pricing to tiered pricing.

Posted in: Energy Policy | Consumer Protection | Ontario | Ratemaking

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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: Ontario | Ratemaking | Energy Storage | Facilities

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OEB Staff Bulletin Opens Door for LDCs to Own Behind-the-Meter Storage Assets in Regulated Operations By David Stevens and Benjamin Mayer-Goodman Aug 12, 2020 On August 6, 2020, Ontario Energy Board Staff released a Staff Bulletin suggesting that local dis... On August 6, 2020, Ontario Energy Board Staff released a Staff Bulletin suggesting that local distribution companies may own and operate behind-the-meter energy storage, and treat the assets as part of regulated operations, if the purpose is to remediate p...

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OEB Proposes to Amend the Standard Supply Service Code to Allow Consumers to Opt-Out of TOU Pricing By David Stevens and Angela Oh Jul 21, 2020 As discussed in a previous post, the Government of Ontario recently announced that Regulated Pric... As discussed in a previous post, the Government of Ontario recently 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.

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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 ...

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Ontario Government Freezes Global Adjustment Charges for ICI Program Participants By David Stevens and Angela Oh Jun 30, 2020 The Ontario government has announced that, effective immediately, Global Adjustment charges will ... The Ontario government has announced that, effective immediately, Global Adjustment charges will be frozen for two years for companies participating in the Industrial Conservation Initiative.

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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 ...

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OEB Issues Decision on Hydro One Transmission Revenue Requirement By Fred D. Cass Apr 24, 2020 This blog post will discuss the OEB’s approval of the inclusion of a capital factor in Hydro One’... This blog post will discuss the OEB’s approval of the inclusion of a capital factor in Hydro One’s Custom IR formula.

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OEB Approves Rate for New Gas Transportation Service for Natural Gas Distributors By Fred D. Cass Apr 22, 2020 On April 9, the Ontario Energy Board issued its decision in respect of an application by Enbridge... On April 9, the Ontario Energy Board issued its decision in respect of an application by Enbridge Gas Inc. for leave to construct the proposed Owen Sound reinforcement pipeline project.

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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...

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OEB Approves Capital Funding Requests by Two Electricity Distributors for a Shared Building By Fred D. Cass Jan 27, 2020 On January 23, the Ontario Energy Board issued its decision in respect of Incremental Capital Module applications made by two electricity distributors, Brantford Power Inc. and Energy+ Inc.

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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 ...

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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...

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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.

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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Ontario Government Planning Expanded Rebate to Electricity Customers By David Stevens Jul 18, 2019 On July 9, the Ontario government posted a Proposal of planned changes to regulations under the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016 that are intended to allow for and direct expanded on-bill rebates or credits for Ontario electricity consumers.

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CAMPUT 2019 - Utility “Hardening” for Extreme Weather Events By David Stevens May 07, 2019 The theme of the 2019 CAMPUT Conference is “Managing the Regulatory Range” – addressing how regulators, utilities and consumers can best prepare for the many challenges that face the industry. An interesting session on May 6 looked at the implications of serious weather-related events on utilitie...

Posted in: British Columbia | Ratemaking | Energy Policy

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British Columbia Utilities Commission Proceeds With Inquiry Into Regulation of Indigenous Utilities By David Stevens May 02, 2019 In response to direction from the British Columbia government (set out in an Order in Council), the British Columbia Utilities Commission has established an Inquiry Respecting the Regulation of Indigenous Utilities.

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Ontario Government Consults on Changes to Industrial Electricity Pricing and Programs By David Stevens Apr 02, 2019 On March 28, the Ontario government announced plans to hold consultations to seek input from businesses about industrial electricity pricing and programs. On April 1, the Ontario government published a consultation notice for this process, confirming that it is looking f...

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OEB Initiates Consultation Addressing DERs and Utility Remuneration By David Stevens Mar 25, 2019 On March 15, 2019, the Ontario Energy Board announced that it is starting concurrent consultation processes to look at how the electricity sector in Ontario should respond to Distributed Energy Resources and encourage utilities and regulated service providers to “embrace innovation” in the...

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Ontario Government Releases OEB Modernization Report By David Stevens Mar 22, 2019 As we explained in an earlier post, the previous Ontario government appointed an expert panel to conduct a review of the OEB, examine best practices from other jurisdictions and report back about potential changes and improvements. The OEB Modernization Review Panel began its work in early 2018, ...

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Ontario Government Releases Its Plan to Reform the OEB and Reduce Electricity Costs By David Stevens Mar 22, 2019 On March 21, 2019, the Ontario government announced a series of plans aimed at lowering electricity costs for consumers and reforming the structure of the Ontario Energy Board.

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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 capit...
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