Changes to OEB Cost Allocation Policy for Street Lighting

By David Stevens on June 16, 2015

On June 12, 2015, the OEB issued a letter setting out a new policy for allocation of street lighting costs. The implication of the new policy is that the costs allocated to some street lighting customers will be significantly reduced (as will their rates). The policy change will primarily impact street lighting customers whose street lights have […]

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Nova Scotia Power Grid Months Away From Tidal Generation

By Zoë Thoms on June 12, 2015

Nova Scotia Power customers are months away from receiving electricity generated from the Bay of Fundy’s renowned tides. After several years of research, design and trial and error, a group led by Ireland-based OpenHydro, together with Nova Scotia Power affiliate Emera, will deploy a fully grid-connected 4MW tidal array by the end of 2015. This multi-megawatt interconnected tidal turbine project is expected to be the first of its kind in the world.

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Do Capacity Markets Offer New Business Opportunities for LDCs?

By Energy Insider on June 8, 2015

On May 14, 2015, Aird & Berlis LLP hosted a webinar on the impact of the upcoming introduction by the Independent Electricity System Operator (the “IESO”) of electricity resource and Demand Response (“DR”) capacity markets in Ontario on local distribution companies (“LDCs”). Ron Clark, Partner at Aird & Berlis LLP, moderated the discussion, while presentations were given by Jason Chee-Aloy, Managing Director of Power Advisory LLC, and Tom Chapman, Manager of Market Design and Development at the IESO.

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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.

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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.

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