Energy Policy

Ontario Passes Legislation to Support Banning Winter Disconnections

On February 22, 2017, the Ontario government introduced and passed the Protecting Vulnerable Energy Consumers Act, 2017 (Bill 95). The new legislation was introduced and passed all in one sitting because it had the unanimous support of all parties in the Legislature. This legislation follows the Minister of Energy’s letter to local electricity distribution companies […]

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New Report Highlights Key Role Ontario LDCs Can Take In Advancing Distributed Energy Resources

The Ontario Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) recently released a Report titled The Power to Connect: Advancing Customer-Driven Electricity Solutions for Ontario. The Report highlights how distributed energy resources (DERs) can support a more resilient and cost-effective electricity system. In both the Report (which was prepared by Navigant Consulting) and the related Overview (prepared by the […]

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Implementation Details for Ontario’s 8% Electricity Rebate Announced

On February 9, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board issued a letter titled Implementation of the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers. As we described in an earlier post, starting on January 1, 2017, the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers (OREC) provides an 8% rebate (equal to the provincial portion of HST) to residential and commercial customers […]

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Ontario Announces Expanded Natural Gas Grant Program

On January 30, 2017, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure announced that the Province will provide $100 million for a Natural Gas Grant Program. The stated purpose of the program is to support the building of new natural gas infrastructure for communities without service, including those in rural and Northern Ontario and First Nations communities. The news […]

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BCUC Determines That it Has No Jurisdiction to Approve Low-Income Rates

On January 20, 2017, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) released its decision in a BC Hydro Rate Design Application (the Decision). The Decision addresses a number of issues related to how BC Hydro sets its rates, and will be applicable to the updated BC Hydro revenue requirement being determined in a separate proceeding. Among […]

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