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Electricity & Natural Gas Regulatory Matters

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Aird & Berlis energy regulatory lawyers have decades of experience in the field. Our team participates in a broad range of applications and proceedings before the Ontario Energy Board (“OEB”), including rates, facilities, licensing, code development, compliance and generic proceedings. Our lawyers also represent clients in cases before the Canadian Energy Regulator.

We assist stakeholders with the development of applications and interventions, as well as the preparation of supporting evidence. We have deep knowledge of the principles of public utility regulation and of the legislative and regulatory instruments that apply to Ontario’s dynamic energy sector. We engage and assist experts in the preparation of reports in anticipation of their appearance at proceedings before the OEB. We provide opinions regarding the interpretation of statutes, regulations and codes. Additionally, we provide comments and submissions to the OEB in the development of new codes and proposed amendments to existing codes. Our lawyers are well known to OEB staff and counsel and – by virtue of our numerous attendances before the OEB – by Commissioners themselves.

Our lawyers have appeared at many energy related court hearings over the years, including trials and application hearings, judicial review applications, stated cases and appeals. We have extensive experience before all levels of court in these matters and have acted on behalf of applicants, appellants and respondents. Subject areas that have been at issue in these court proceedings include rate-making, policy, consumer protection, expropriation applications and natural gas storage. We also have experience in putting forward and responding to petitions made to the Lieutenant Governor in Council in respect of OEB matters. Through our extensive experience in all of these matters, we have a strong understanding of the principles and requirements of administrative law and judicial review.

Our lawyers keep up to date with developments in Canada's energy sector and share their knowledge of the industry through energyinsider.ca, a blog which features commentary, analysis and news about legal and regulatory developments, with a particular focus on regulated entities in Ontario.