Energy Policy

Study Estimates Billions of Dollars in Benefits From IESO’s Market Renewal Project

A recent study prepared by the Brattle Group and others for Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) estimates that Ontario could realize net benefits of $2.2 billion to $5.2 billion from reforming the wholesale electricity markets. This would be achieved through the IESO’s proposed Market Renewal Project. The benefits would start around 2021 and would […]

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Ontario Announces Fair Hydro Plan to Reduce Electricity Bills

On March 2, 2017, Premier Wynne announced the Fair Hydro Plan that is intended to reduce residential electricity bills in Ontario by 17%. Ontario’s government says that when these savings are combined with the removal of the Ontario portion of HST on electricity bills (discussed in an earlier post), the total savings will be 25% […]

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Report Finds That Ontario’s Time-Of-Use Pricing Shifts Electricity Consumption

A February 2017 report titled “The Impact of Time-Of-Use Rates in Ontario,” authored by the Brattle Group (with contributions from Mountain Economic Consulting and eMeter), looks at the impacts of the implementation of time-of-use (TOU) pricing in Ontario. The report (which can be found here) is summarized in a February 2017 article in Public Utilities […]

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OEB Bans Residential Electricity Customer Disconnections For the 2017 Winter

As expected, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has moved quickly to ban local electricity distribution companies (LDCs) from disconnecting residential consumers during the current winter season. In a Decision and Order issued on February 23, 2017, the OEB amended the licences of each LDC to include the following new licence conditions: Until April 30, 2017, […]

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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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