Ministry of Energy Introduces Strengthening Consumer Protection and Electricity System Oversight Act

By Zoë Thoms on June 5, 2015

On June 2, 2015, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli tabled the Strengthening Consumer Protection and Electricity System Oversight Act in the Ontario legislature. The Act proposes legislative changes to boost consumer protection in Ontario’s energy sector, while strengthening the role of the OEB. Minister Chiarelli had previously provided an overview of the proposed changes while speaking at the 14th Ontario Power Summit last month. The tabling of the Act provides a clearer picture of the government’s plan.


Ontario Energy Board Report Puts Consumers First

By Fred D. Cass on June 3, 2015

On May 28, 2015, the Ontario Energy Board released a report on the effectiveness of Part II of Ontario’s Energy Consumer Protection Act, 2010 (ECPA). Before the ECPA came into force in January 2011, the OEB was receiving 100 to 150 complaints a week about energy retailers in the Province and many complaints were being received elsewhere, such as at the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services. The ECPA was intended to protect low-volume energy consumers from unfair practices by energy retailers and to enhance the ability of these customers to make informed decisions about electricity and natural gas contracts with energy retailers.


New Alternative Low-Carbon Fuel Approval Process for Energy-Intensive Manufacturing Sector Looking to Reduce GHGs

By Zoë Thoms on June 2, 2015

Energy-intensive manufacturing companies involved in the cement, lime, iron and steel sectors looking to reduce GHG emissions may now take advantage of a new approval process introduced by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). The MOECC recently posted amendments to the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) to facilitate the […]


Changes Coming to Electricity Rate Design for Ontario’s Commercial and Industrial Consumers

By David Stevens on May 29, 2015

The OEB has kicked off a consultation process that will likely result in commercial and industrial electricity consumers paying higher fixed charges for distribution service. This follows a similar process that was undertaken for residential consumers, as discussed in a previous post.


Are You the Winner of the iPad Mini 3?

By Energy Insider on May 28, 2015

Thank you to everyone who visited our booth during this year’s CAMPUT Conference, which took place in Calgary, Alberta. Congratulations to Gary Newcombe who is the winner of an iPad mini 3.


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