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 […]


Premier Wynne Sets Priorities for Minister of Energy Thibeault

On September 23, 2016, Premier Wynne sent a public Mandate Letter to Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault, setting out “instructions on priorities.” According to the letter, Minister Thibeault’s mandate is “to promote the development of a safe, reliable, secure and environmentally-sustainable energy supply.” To meet this mandate, the Premier listed priorities in six areas. Taking […]


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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