Practice & Procedure

Ontario Energy Board Rules on Framework for Expansion of Natural Gas Service

The Ontario Energy Board has issued its decision in a proceeding that it convened in order to establish a framework for the expansion of natural gas service to communities in Ontario that do not currently have access to natural gas. In the 2013 Long Term Energy Plan, the government of Ontario indicated that it would […]

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Ontario Government Plans Changes to OEB Act, Including New Disconnection Rules

Recently, the Ontario Government introduced the second reading of Bill 27, which is titled Burden Reduction Act, 2016 (Bill 27). This is “omnibus legislation” that proposes changes to a large number of statutes with the objective “to reduce the regulatory burden on business and achieve a cost savings for government.” Among other things, Bill 27 […]

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OEB Updates its Settlement Conference Rules

On October 28, 2016, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued its amended Practice Direction on Settlement Conferences to provide more detail about the privileged and confidential status of information exchanged during an OEB-convened Settlement Conference. The updates to the Practice Direction on Settlement Conferences appear to have been prompted, at least in part, by OEB […]

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Hydro One Inc.’s MAADs Application Re Acquisition of Great Lakes Power Transmission

The Ontario Energy Board issued its decision in respect of the MAADs (Mergers, Acquisitions, Amalgamations and Divestitures) Application by Hydro One (“HONI”) on October 13, 2016. Briefly, HONI was seeking approval for the purchase of the voting shares of Great Lakes Power Transmission Inc. (“GLP”), acceptance of a proposed 10-year rate rebasing deferral period with […]

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Ottawa Issues New Regulation Setting Pipeline Companies’ Financial Obligations

Recently, the Federal Government published its proposed Pipeline Financial Requirements Regulation. This new Regulation would implement some aspects of the new Federal Pipeline Safety Act that came into force in June 2016. As we discussed earlier, the Pipeline Safety Act imposes greater obligations and liability on companies that operate federally-regulated oil and gas pipelines. An […]

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