Ontario’s Minister of Energy Asks LDCs to Stop Winter Disconnections

By David Stevens on February 17, 2017

On February 16, 2017, Glenn Thibeault (Ontario’s Minister of Energy) sent a letter to Ontario’s local electricity distribution companies (LDCs) requesting that they voluntarily stop disconnecting customers during the winter season. According to news reports (see here, for example), the Minister has styled it as a request, because he does not believe that he has […]

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What the Newly-Empowered Electricity Consumer Expects from Their LDC

By Amy Marcen-Gaudaur on February 15, 2017

Aird & Berlis LLP recently hosted a complimentary webinar, examining the ways by which new technologies and customer engagement strategies will shape the electricity industry in the future. The webinar was moderated by Ron Clark, partner and member of the Energy Group at Aird & Berlis LLP, and presented by Adam White, Chief Executive Officer […]

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Implementation Details for Ontario’s 8% Electricity Rebate Announced

By David Stevens on February 13, 2017

On February 9, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board issued a letter titled Implementation of the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers. As we described in an earlier post, starting on January 1, 2017, the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers (OREC) provides an 8% rebate (equal to the provincial portion of HST) to residential and commercial customers […]

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OEB Introduces Process For Online Verification of Retail Contracts

By David Stevens on February 1, 2017

On January 31, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued a Notice of Proposal setting out changes to the Codes of Conduct for Electricity Retailers and Gas Marketers that would allow verification of energy retail contracts to be done online. The proposed rules require the energy marketer’s third party representative to send an email to […]

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Ontario Announces Expanded Natural Gas Grant Program

By David Stevens on January 31, 2017

On January 30, 2017, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure announced that the Province will provide $100 million for a Natural Gas Grant Program. The stated purpose of the program is to support the building of new natural gas infrastructure for communities without service, including those in rural and Northern Ontario and First Nations communities. The news […]

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