Minister Chiarelli Deflects Chamber of Commerce Electricity Market Recommendations

By David Stevens on July 17, 2015

A recent report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce raises concerns about the impacts of rising electricity costs on Ontario businesses. The report sets out five recommendations to assist in reducing the increases in electricity costs.


MOU on Canada-UK Nuclear Energy Cooperation

By Zoë Thoms on July 13, 2015

On June 29, 2015, on behalf of Natural Resources Canada, Gordon Campbell, High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom, and Lee McDonough, Director, Office for Nuclear Development, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United Kingdom’s Department for Energy and Climate Change. The MOU commits both countries to increased cooperation in the field of […]


OEB Review of Cable Pole Attachment Fees (Updated)

By David Stevens on July 7, 2015

In a recent post, we discussed how two recent Ontario electricity distribution rate applications touched off disputes over the pole attachment fees being charged to cable and telecommunications companies (Carriers). In each of the two cases (Toronto Hydro and Hydro One), the applicant sought substantial increases to the pole attachment fees. As a preliminary matter […]


The New Pipeline Safety Act Has Been Passed

By David Stevens on June 24, 2015

On June 18, 2015, the new Federal Pipeline Safety Act (Bill C-46) received Royal Assent. The Pipeline Safety Act includes amendments to the National Energy Board Act (“NEB Act”) and the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act. These amendments impose greater obligations and liability on companies that operate federally-regulated oil and gas pipelines. The Government’s public statement indicates that the legislative changes will “strengthen incident prevention, preparedness and response, and liability and compensation.”


OEB Reduces Working Capital Allowance for LDCs

By David Stevens on June 19, 2015

A recent letter from the OEB updated the policy for calculating the allowance for working capital in electricity distributors’ rate applications. Effective immediately, the assumed (default) allowance for working capital is set at 7.5% of the sum of the cost of power and operations & maintenance costs. This is a significant decrease from the prior […]


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