Ontario Government States That Bill 135 Answers Many Concerns Raised in the Auditor General’s Report

On December 2, 2015, Ontario’s Auditor General released her 2015 Annual Report. One topic within the report that has received a lot of attention from the media and commentators (see for example, here and here) is “Electricity Power System Planning.” The headlines have focused on costs to ratepayers from various Government policies and decisions. While […]


Ontario Government Introduces New Long Term Energy Planning and Energy Conservation Legislation

On October 28, 2015, Minister Chiarelli introduced Bill 135, which is titled the Energy Statute Amendment Act, 2015. The proposed new legislation proposes a number of changes to the Green Energy Act, 2009, the Electricity Act, 1998 and the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.


Do Capacity Markets Offer New Business Opportunities for LDCs?

On May 14, 2015, Aird & Berlis LLP hosted a webinar on the impact of the upcoming introduction by the Independent Electricity System Operator (the “IESO”) of electricity resource and Demand Response (“DR”) capacity markets in Ontario on local distribution companies (“LDCs”). Ron Clark, Partner at Aird & Berlis LLP, moderated the discussion, while presentations were given by Jason Chee-Aloy, Managing Director of Power Advisory LLC, and Tom Chapman, Manager of Market Design and Development at the IESO.


Update on the Large Renewable Procurement

On March 10, 2015, the IESO posted the final RFP and contract materials for the first phase of the Large Renewable Procurement Request for Proposals (LRP I RFP). Qualified applicants have until September 1, 2015 to submit project-specific proposals which must include full details about the project, including location, capacity, connection point and evidence of […]


OEB Issues Staff Report on the 2014 Natural Gas Market Review

On March 31, 2015, Ontario Energy Board staff issued a report to the OEB about the 2014 Natural Gas Market Review (NGMR). The OEB staff report summarizes what was presented and discussed through the NGMR consultation, and makes recommendations for next steps.


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