Minister Chiarelli Announces Legislation to be Tabled to Strengthen Role of OEB

By Zoë Thoms on May 15, 2015

Legislative changes intended to strengthen the role of the OEB in five core areas are coming. Energy Minister Chiarelli outlined these core areas during his keynote address at the 14th Ontario Power Summit on May 12, 2015.

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A&B Lawyers Participate in the 2015 CAMPUT Conference in Calgary

By Zoë Thoms on May 12, 2015

Fred Cass, David Stevens and Zoë Thoms attended the 2015 CAMPUT Conference in Calgary, AB. The annual conference of the Canadian Association of Members of Public Utility Tribunals is a forum in which regulators, the utility industry, consultants and consumers explore emerging regulatory issues.  Highlights this year included discussions on the social license to regulate, First […]

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Ontario Court of Appeal Clarifies Procedures for Communicating with Expert Witnesses

By Zoë Thoms on May 11, 2015

In Moore v. Getahun (2015 ONCA 55), the Ontario Court of Appeal recently provided much needed clarification to the limits governing appropriate communications between lawyers and expert witnesses following the 2014 Superior Court decision of Justice Wilson (2014 ONSC 237), which called into question the long-standing practice of lawyers assisting expert witnesses in the preparation […]

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Update on the Large Renewable Procurement

By Zoë Thoms on May 6, 2015

On March 10, 2015, the IESO posted the final RFP and contract materials for the first phase of the Large Renewable Procurement Request for Proposals (LRP I RFP). Qualified applicants have until September 1, 2015 to submit project-specific proposals which must include full details about the project, including location, capacity, connection point and evidence of […]

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Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program (NIER) Continued Indefinitely

By Zoë Thoms on May 1, 2015

Ontario recently announced that the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate (NIER) program will be extended indefinitely. The NIER was introduced as a three-year program in 2010 and extended in 2012 for a second three-year term. Going forward, Ontario will continue to invest up to $120 million per year in the program. Under the NIER program, Northern […]

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