Practice & Procedure

The New Pipeline Safety Act Has Been Passed

On June 18, 2015, the new Federal Pipeline Safety Act (Bill C-46) received Royal Assent. The Pipeline Safety Act includes amendments to the National Energy Board Act (“NEB Act”) and the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act. These amendments impose greater obligations and liability on companies that operate federally-regulated oil and gas pipelines. The Government’s public statement indicates that the legislative changes will “strengthen incident prevention, preparedness and response, and liability and compensation.”

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OEB Reduces Working Capital Allowance for LDCs

A recent letter from the OEB updated the policy for calculating the allowance for working capital in electricity distributors’ rate applications. Effective immediately, the assumed (default) allowance for working capital is set at 7.5% of the sum of the cost of power and operations & maintenance costs. This is a significant decrease from the prior […]

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Changes to OEB Cost Allocation Policy for Street Lighting

On June 12, 2015, the OEB issued a letter setting out a new policy for allocation of street lighting costs. The implication of the new policy is that the costs allocated to some street lighting customers will be significantly reduced (as will their rates). The policy change will primarily impact street lighting customers whose street lights have […]

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Ministry of Energy Introduces Strengthening Consumer Protection and Electricity System Oversight Act

On June 2, 2015, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli tabled the Strengthening Consumer Protection and Electricity System Oversight Act in the Ontario legislature. The Act proposes legislative changes to boost consumer protection in Ontario’s energy sector, while strengthening the role of the OEB. Minister Chiarelli had previously provided an overview of the proposed changes while speaking at the 14th Ontario Power Summit last month. The tabling of the Act provides a clearer picture of the government’s plan.

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Ontario Energy Board Report Puts Consumers First

On May 28, 2015, the Ontario Energy Board released a report on the effectiveness of Part II of Ontario’s Energy Consumer Protection Act, 2010 (ECPA). Before the ECPA came into force in January 2011, the OEB was receiving 100 to 150 complaints a week about energy retailers in the Province and many complaints were being received elsewhere, such as at the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services. The ECPA was intended to protect low-volume energy consumers from unfair practices by energy retailers and to enhance the ability of these customers to make informed decisions about electricity and natural gas contracts with energy retailers.

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