Ratemaking

Ontario Energy Board Considers Relevance of Cost Impacts of a Potential Merger in a Rate Application

In the Spring of 2015, the merger of a group of Ontario electricity distributors, PowerStream Inc., Enersource Hydro Mississauga Inc., Horizon Utilities Inc. and Hydro One Brampton Networks Inc., was announced. After one of these distributors, PowerStream, filed a rate application with the Ontario Energy Board on May 22, 2015, an issue arose about whether […]

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Ontario Electricity Support Program is Being Launched

As discussed in previous posts (here and here), the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has been mandated to introduce an Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP), to provide financial assistance to low-income electricity consumers. The OESP will be funded by electricity ratepayers, though a per-kilowatt hour charge on electricity bills. As noted earlier, it is expected that […]

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Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Role that a Regulator May Play on Appeal

As discussed in another post, the Supreme Court of Canada recently issued a decision in Ontario (Energy Board) v. Ontario Power Generation (OEB v. OPG). While much of the attention being paid to that decision relates to the ratemaking issues that were discussed and determined, there is also an interesting administrative law issue addressed by […]

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Supreme Court of Canada Questions the Presumption of Prudence

It’s rare for the Supreme Court to hear cases in the energy regulatory field, so when decisions are rendered, they are important and closely scrutinized. The Supreme Court of Canada issued two such decisions on September 25, 2015. The decision that has received the most attention is Ontario (Energy Board) v. Ontario Power Generation (OEB […]

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Further Details of Ontario Electricity Support Program Released

As discussed in a previous post, the Ontario Energy Board has been mandated to introduce an Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) to provide financial assistance to low-income electricity consumers. The OESP will be funded by electricity ratepayers, though a per-kilowatt hour charge on electricity bills. The OESP is to be implemented as of January 1, […]

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