Energy Policy

OEB Determines That All Residential Electricity Customers Will Move to Fixed Charges for Distribution

On April 2, 2015, the Ontario Energy Board released its Board Policy on Rate Design for Electricity Residential Customers. The Policy requires that all residential electricity customers in Ontario will pay a fixed charge for the electricity distribution portion of their bills. This is a change from the long-standing practice of calculating part of the distribution charges based on a customer’s electricity usage.


Ontario Energy Board March Report

On March 26, 2015, the Ontario Energy Board released a report on changes to its rate-making policies that it will adopt in order to support consolidation of Ontario’s electricity distributors. The Board’s report followed a consultation process to consider changes to regulatory requirements that may facilitate efficiency improvements.


Increased Requirements for Consumer Water Heater Transactions

In 2011, 2012, and 2013, the second highest number of consumer complaints made to the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services had to do with aggressive and deceptive door-to-door water heater rentals and sales. In response, the Ontario government passed amendments to the Consumer Protection Act, 2002 (the “Act”) to allow for enhanced disclosure and consumer rights for water heater rentals.


Alberta Utilities Commission Reduces Utility Cost of Capital

In a March 2015 decision, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) set the generic cost of capital for 2013 to 2015 for the utilities that it regulates. In the decision, the AUC reduced cost of capital parameters applicable to the utilities that it regulates. This decision will most likely be cited and reviewed if and when the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) proceeds with its promised cost of capital review.


Ontario Government to Introduce Electricity Support Program for Low-Income Consumers

Ontario consumers can expect to see increases in their electricity bills, starting next year. On March 26th, Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Bob Chiarelli, announced coming changes to residential electricity bills. As of January 1, 2016, both the Debt Retirement Charge and the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit will be removed from customer bills. At the same time, […]


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