Practice & Procedure

Ontario Court of Appeal Sides with Non-utility Generators in Price Adjustment Case

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s April 2016 decision in Iroquois Falls Power Corporation v. Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation confirmed an earlier decision that non-utility generators (NUGs) will not receive reduced payments under their power purchase agreements (PPAs) as a result of changes to the way that the “global adjustment” (GA) is calculated. The total benefit […]

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B.C. Regulation Exempts Completed Projects from Provincial Environmental Review

The British Columbia Government’s Cabinet recently approved an “exemption regulation” under the Environmental Assessment Act that will exempt previously approved and constructed projects from requiring an environmental assessment certificate. The “exemption regulation” is made in response to the British Columbia Supreme Court decision in Coastal First Nations v. British Columbia (Environment).

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OEB’s Consultation into Regulatory Treatment of Pension Costs is Moving Ahead

As we reported last year, regulated utilities in Ontario can expect changes to the reporting and recoverability in rates of their pension costs. The Ontario Energy Board’s previously announced consultation to look at how pension and other post-employment benefits costs are treated for regulatory purposes will be the subject of a Stakeholder Forum on July 19, 2016. Presumably, the OEB will update relevant regulatory rules and instruments after that time.

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OEB Provides Details of its Consumer Engagement and Representation Framework

Recently, the Ontario Energy Board announced details of the much anticipated “Consumer Engagement and Representation Framework.” The focus of the planned new framework is on providing local consumers with greater access to and representation within OEB processes.

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Energy Storage – A “Game-Changer” for Electricity Utilities?

On May 16, 2016, a panel discussion titled “Electricity Storage – A Game-Changer for Utilities” was presented at the 2016 CAMPUT conference. As discussed in an earlier post, energy storage has been referred to by many as a “game changer” because it will greatly improve the efficient use of electricity resources.

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