Consumer Protection

Ontario’s Electricity Rates to Go Down in Advance of Implementing the “Fair Hydro Plan”

On April 20, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced that the electricity supply cost (Regulated Price Plan or RPP) for residential and small business customers will be reduced starting on May 1. As explained in the OEB’s Regulated Price Plan Price Report, the reduction in RPP results from the anticipated impact of implementing the […]

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OEB Requires Electricity Distributor to Take Over Embedded Distributor’s Operations

On April 4, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued an Order requiring Algoma Power Inc. (Algoma Power) to operate the electricity distribution system owned by Dubreuil Lumber Inc. (DLI) in the Township of Dubreuil (which is north of Wawa, Ontario). The OEB’s Order follows notification from DLI that it would not be able to […]

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Ontario Passes Legislation That May Ban Door-to-Door HVAC Transactions

On April 10, 2017, the Ontario government passed Bill 59, titled Putting Consumers First Act (Consumer Protection Statute Law Amendment), 2017. The version of the legislation that was passed is substantially similar to the initial version, which we wrote about in an earlier post, and in a related article focusing on the implications of Bill […]

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Regulatory Changes to Support Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan Posted for Comment

Earlier this month, the Ontario Ministry of Energy posted two notices about regulatory amendments being proposed to implement the Fair Hydro Plan announced by Premier Wynne. As we discussed earlier, the Fair Hydro Plan aims to reduce Ontario electricity bills by 25% through a series of measures, including eliminating the provincial portion of HST; extending […]

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NRCan Developing Stringent Energy Efficiency Standards For Appliances and Equipment

On March 4, 2017, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) issued a Notice to initiate the development of new or more stringent energy efficiency standards for 17 product categories of appliances and equipment. This is the first step in a consultation process that will result in updates to the Energy Efficiency Regulations made under the Energy Efficiency […]

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