Recently-Posted OEB Report Supports Elimination of Distribution Charges for On-Reserve First Nations Customers

By David Stevens on April 27, 2017

As we discussed in an earlier post, one element of the Ontario Government’s Fair Hydro Plan proposes the creation of a First Nations On-Reserve Delivery Credit, which will eliminate the delivery charge for all on-reserve First Nations households. An Ontario Energy Board (OEB) Report to the Minister of Energy about Options for Rate Assistance Programs […]

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Supreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Appeal in Churchill Falls Contract Dispute

By David Stevens on April 24, 2017

On April 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) granted leave to appeal to Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation Limited (CFLCo) against Hydro-Quebec in a case challenging the pricing for a 65-year power purchase agreement signed by the parties in 1969. As we described in an earlier post, CFLCo argued at trial that the long-term […]

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Ontario’s Electricity Rates to Go Down in Advance of Implementing the “Fair Hydro Plan”

By David Stevens on April 21, 2017

On April 20, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced that the electricity supply cost (Regulated Price Plan or RPP) for residential and small business customers will be reduced starting on May 1. As explained in the OEB’s Regulated Price Plan Price Report, the reduction in RPP results from the anticipated impact of implementing the […]

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Report Says That Ontario’s Electricity Costs Do Not Impair Automobile Sector Competitiveness

By David Stevens on April 19, 2017

A March 2017 report “Electricity Pricing in Ontario and its Effect on Competitiveness: An Automotive Manufacturing Case Study” concludes that Ontario’s electricity costs have no meaningful effect on automobile sector competitiveness. The report was prepared by Greig Mordue and Kelly White and published by the Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC), which is described as a […]

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Challenge to California’s Cap and Trade Program Dismissed By Appeal Court

By David Stevens on April 18, 2017

On April 6, 2017, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District issued a decision dismissing an appeal of a lower court decision that had upheld the constitutionality of California’s Cap and Trade Program. The Court of Appeal’s decision means that the Cap and Trade Program will continue under the current legislation. The […]

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