Practice & Procedure

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 […]


Ontario Energy Board Releases Handbook for Utility Rate Applications

On October 13, 2016, the Ontario Energy Board released a Handbook for Utility Rate Applications. The Handbook is applicable to all rate-regulated utilities, including electricity distributors, electricity transmitters, natural gas utilities and Ontario Power Generation, and sets out the principals that the OEB will apply when reviewing rate applications. The Handbook emerges from the OEB’s […]


British Columbia Utilities Commission Approves System Expansion Fund for FortisBC Energy

In a recent decision, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) approved a “System Extension Fund” of up to $1 million per year to assist eligible customers in low density areas to connect to the FortisBC Energy (FEI) gas distribution system. The approval is in the form of a four-year pilot program, under which FEI will […]


OEB Issues Regulatory Framework for Gas Distributor Cap and Trade Costs

On September 26, 2016, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) released its Regulatory Framework for the Assessment of Costs of Natural Gas Utilities’ Cap and Trade Activities (the “Framework”). The OEB’s explanatory letter states that the Framework is intended to facilitate the recovery of costs incurred by rate-regulated natural gas utilities (Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Natural […]


Ontario Government to Update Regulation to Support RPP Pilot Projects

A recently released Regulation Proposal Notice sets out a plan to update Regulation 95/05 (Classes of Consumer and Determination of Rates) made under Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998. The updated Regulation would allow for a broader range of electricity pricing under the Regulated Price Plan (RPP). As we described in an earlier post, the Ontario […]


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