OEB Bans Residential Electricity Customer Disconnections For the 2017 Winter

By David Stevens on February 24, 2017

As expected, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has moved quickly to ban local electricity distribution companies (LDCs) from disconnecting residential consumers during the current winter season. In a Decision and Order issued on February 23, 2017, the OEB amended the licences of each LDC to include the following new licence conditions: Until April 30, 2017, […]

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Ontario Passes Legislation to Support Banning Winter Disconnections

By David Stevens on February 23, 2017

On February 22, 2017, the Ontario government introduced and passed the Protecting Vulnerable Energy Consumers Act, 2017 (Bill 95). The new legislation was introduced and passed all in one sitting because it had the unanimous support of all parties in the Legislature. This legislation follows the Minister of Energy’s letter to local electricity distribution companies […]

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New Report Highlights Key Role Ontario LDCs Can Take In Advancing Distributed Energy Resources

By David Stevens on February 21, 2017

The Ontario Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) recently released a Report titled The Power to Connect: Advancing Customer-Driven Electricity Solutions for Ontario. The Report highlights how distributed energy resources (DERs) can support a more resilient and cost-effective electricity system. In both the Report (which was prepared by Navigant Consulting) and the related Overview (prepared by the […]

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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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