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What's New - 2016

Listed below are What's New updates for 2016.  For previous years, visit the What's New Archive.


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December 1, 2016 - The OEB has issued final amendments to the Electricity Retailer Code of Conduct, the Code of Conduct for Gas Marketers, the Retail Settlement Code and the Gas Distribution Access Rule, and related materials, that support the recommendations in “Consumers Come First: A Report of the Ontario Energy Board on the Effectiveness of the Energy Consumer Protection Act, 2010”...

November 17, 2016 - The Market Surveillance Panel has submitted to the OEB its Monitoring Report on Ontario's wholesale electricity market for the period between May 2015 and October 2015...

November 17, 2016 - The OEB issued a decision that enables utilities to recover costs of natural gas expansion to rural and remote communities, increasing energy options for residential and commercial consumers...

November 16, 2016 - The OEB released an updated variance settlement factor that is to be used by electricity distributors to calculate a one-time credit or charge for consumers who choose to stop purchasing electricity through the Regulated Price Plan. This factor, called the "Final RPP Variance Settlement Factor" is updated on the OEB website on or around the 15th of each month...

October 28, 2016 - The OEB has issued a letter outlining changes to the Practice Direction on Settlement Conferences effective today...

October 27, 2016 - The OEB has issued a letter which sets out the Cost of Capital Parameter Updates for Cost of Service Applications with Rates effective in 2017...

October 27, 2016 - The OEB has issued the Input Price Index of 1.9% to be used as the inflation adjustment for rates adjusted through the Price Cap IR and Annual Index plans for electricity distribution rates effective in 2017...

October 19, 2016 - The OEB has issued proposed amendments to the Transmission System Code (TSC) to remove certain provisions from the TSC which are duplicative of, or out of date with, the mandatory reliability standards enforced by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) through its Market Rules...

October 19, 2016 - The OEB has posted Price Comparison templates for electricity contracts valid from November 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017...

October 19, 2016 - The OEB announced there will be no change to electricity prices for households and small businesses this winter...

October 18, 2016 - The OEB has accepted an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance from SNC-Lavalin Operations and Maintenance Inc. The Assurance responds to non-compliance related to the operation of a generation facility without a licence...

October 14, 2016 - The OEB released an updated variance settlement factor that is to be used by electricity distributors to calculate a one-time credit or charge for consumers who choose to stop purchasing electricity through the Regulated Price Plan. This factor, called the "Final RPP Variance Settlement Factor" is updated on the OEB website on or around the 15th of each month...

October 13, 2016 - The OEB has posted a Handbook to provide guidance to utilities and stakeholders on applications to the OEB for approval of rates. The Handbook outlines the key principles and expectations the OEB will apply when reviewing rate applications. The Rate Handbook is applicable to all rate regulated utilities, including electricity distributors, electricity transmitters, natural gas utilities and Ontario Power Generation...

September 30, 2016 - The OEB is pleased to announce the appointment of Donald Dewees to the Market Surveillance Panel...

September 30, 2016 - The OEB has published the 2015 Scorecards of Electricity Distributors. The scorecard measures how well Ontario’s electricity distributors are performing each year...

September 26, 2016 - The OEB issued its Regulatory Framework for the Assessment of Costs of Natural Gas Utilities’ Cap and Trade Activities. The OEB has developed this Framework to facilitate the recovery of costs incurred by rate-regulated natural gas utilities (Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Natural Resource Gas Limited, and Union Gas Limited) in meeting the legislated requirements of Ontario’s Cap and Trade program which comes into effect as of January 1, 2017...

September 26, 2016 - The Ontario Energy Board announces that Peter Fraser, Vice President, Consumer Protection & Industry Performance, will be leaving the OEB effective November 25th to join the International Energy Agency in Paris, France, as Head of the Gas, Coal & Power Division...

September 22, 2016 - The OEB has posted Price Comparison templates for Natural Gas Contracts for Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Natural Resource Gas Limited and Union Gas Limited valid from October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016...

September 22, 2016 - The OEB has approved changes to the prices Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Natural Resource Gas Limited and Union Gas Limited will charge its customers for natural gas effective October 1, 2016...

September 16, 2016 - The OEB has published the 2016 Quarter 4 prescribed accounting interest rates applicable to the carrying charges of deferral, variance and construction work in progress (CWIP) accounts of natural gas utilities, electricity distributors and other rate-regulated entities...

September 15, 2016 - The OEB released an updated variance settlement factor that is to be used by electricity distributors to calculate a one-time credit or charge for consumers who choose to stop purchasing electricity through the Regulated Price Plan. This factor, called the "Final RPP Variance Settlement Factor" is updated on the OEB website on or around the 15th of each month...

August 17, 2016 - The OEB posted data reported by all licensed electricity distributors in Ontario pertaining to residential customer accounts in arrears...

August 15, 2016 - The OEB released an updated variance settlement factor that is to be used by electricity distributors to calculate a one-time credit or charge for consumers who choose to stop purchasing electricity through the Regulated Price Plan. This factor, called the "Final RPP Variance Settlement Factor" is updated on the OEB website on or around the 15th of each month...

August 11, 2016 - The OEB has issued a new edition of its Environmental Guidelines for the Location, Construction and Operation of Hydrocarbon Pipelines and Facilities in Ontario. The Guidelines enhancements ensure that roles and obligations for the Crown’s duty to consult process for intra-provincial hydrocarbon pipelines are better defined. The revisions to the OEB Guidelines streamline and clarify roles and obligations for the Ministry of Energy, the OEB and pipeline proponents...

August 4, 2016 - The OEB has posted the PEG Report to the Ontario Energy Board "Empirical Research in Support of Incentive Rate-Setting: 2015 Benchmarking Update" for electricity distributors’ 2016 stretch factor assignments in rates...

August 3, 2016 - The OEB has accepted an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance from Ensqr Corp. The Assurance responds to non-compliance related to Ensqr’s licence conditions and obligations under the Unit Sub-Metering Code...

August 3, 2016 - The OEB has released the 2015 Yearbooks of Electricity Distributors and Natural Gas Distributors. The Yearbooks provide interested parties and the general public with financial and operational information collected from distributors...

July 28, 2016 - The Ontario Energy Board has made a determination on billing and customer outreach in relation to the Cap and Trade framework to be implemented by Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Natural Resource Gas Limited and Union Gas Limited…

July 25, 2016 - The OEB has issued accounting guidance to electricity distributors, relating to Capacity Based Recovery charges, billings and variances...

July 22, 2016 - The OEB has issued a Notice of Proposal to amend various Rules and Codes to introduce formal requirements for a Consumer Complaints Response Process for Regulated Entities...

July 21, 2016 - The OEB has posted updated supply mix data with information from 2015. As per Ontario Regulation 416/99 made under the OEB Act, and the Board’s Directive, this information is required to be disclosed to Ontario consumers...

July 18, 2016 - The OEB has issued its Regulated Price Plan Roadmap: Guideline for Pilot Projects on RPP Pricing. The OEB is inviting distributors to participate in developing and implementing priority price and non-price pilots that have been identified by the OEB...

July 18, 2016 - The OEB released an updated variance settlement factor that is to be used by electricity distributors to calculate a one-time credit or charge for consumers who choose to stop purchasing electricity through the Regulated Price Plan. This factor, called the "Final RPP Variance Settlement Factor" is updated on the OEB website on or around the 15th of each month...

July 7, 2016 - The OEB has issued a staff bulletin stating that Electric Vehicle Charging Services do not require OEB regulation. It is not a distribution activity, does not constitute retailing electricity and does not generally fall under OEB oversight...

July 7, 2016 - The OEB has issued a Guideline for electricity distributors and unit sub-meter providers (utilities) with respect to the delivery of the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)...

July 6, 2016 - The OEB has posted the activities schedule for publication of the 2015 scorecard of electricity distributors...

June 28, 2016 - The OEB gave written notice to Ensqr Corp. that it intends to make an order against Ensqr for compliance as well as the payment of an administrative penalty. The allegations concern Ensqr’s non-compliance with its licence conditions...

June 24, 2016 - The OEB has issued a letter explaining the next stage in the Regional Planning and Cost Allocation Review consultation. A working group has been established to provide input to OEB staff on issues that may need to be addressed through code revisions...

June 23, 2016 - The OEB has posted Price Comparison templates for Natural Gas Contracts for Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Natural Resource Gas Limited and Union Gas Limited valid from July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016...

June 23, 2016 - The OEB has approved changes to the prices Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Natural Resource Gas Limited and Union Gas Limited will charge its customers for natural gas effective July 1, 2016...

June 23, 2016 - The OEB has accepted an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance from Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc. The Assurance responds to non-compliance related to the Tariff of Rates and Charges set out in the Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc. Rate Order...

June 22, 2016 - The OEB is initiating a consultation to develop guidance on corporate governance for OEB rate-regulated utilities (i.e. Ontario Power Generation, electricity distributors and transmitters as well as natural gas utilities)...

June 15, 2016 - The OEB released an updated variance settlement factor that is to be used by electricity distributors to calculate a one-time credit or charge for consumers who choose to stop purchasing electricity through the Regulated Price Plan. This factor, called the "Final RPP Variance Settlement Factor" is updated on the OEB website on or around the 15th of each month...

June 13, 2016 - The OEB has published the 2016 Quarter 3 prescribed accounting interest rates applicable to the carrying charges of deferral, variance and construction work in progress (CWIP) accounts of natural gas utilities, electricity distributors and other rate-regulated entities...

June 3, 2016 - The OEB is prescribing a mandatory record retention period for regulatory records to be implemented by all regulated entities effective on January 1, 2017. The mandatory record retention policy requires regulatory records to be maintained for a period of at least six (6) years, calculated from the end of the last calendar year to which the record relates. Regulated entities are hereby advised to preserve all regulatory records in existence as of July 1, 2016 and to suspend any regularly scheduled destruction of regulatory records until after January 1, 2017 when the Mandatory Record Retention Period is in effect...

May 25, 2016 - Today the OEB is releasing for comment a Staff Discussion Paper regarding the development of a cap and trade framework for OEB rate-regulated natural gas utilities. Comments are due on June 22, 2016...

May 16, 2016 - The OEB released an updated variance settlement factor that is to be used by electricity distributors to calculate a one-time credit or charge for consumers who choose to stop purchasing electricity through the Regulated Price Plan. This factor, called the "Final RPP Variance Settlement Factor" is updated on the OEB website on or around the 15th of each month...

May 13, 2016 - The OEB announced today that Christine Long has been appointed as the OEB’s second Vice-Chair. As well, Allison Duff has been appointed as a full-time Board member and Cathy Spoel’s term as a part-time Board member has been renewed...

May 12, 2016 - The Market Surveillance Panel has submitted to the OEB the Panel's Monitoring Report on Ontario’s wholesale electricity market for the period November 2014 to April 2015...

May 11, 2016 - The OEB is reminding retailers that on May 4, 2016 revised Price Comparison templates for Electricity Contracts valid from May 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016 were posted...

May 6, 2016 - The OEB has posted the 2014 results of the LEAP Emergency Financial Assistance and Winter Warmth programs...

May 4, 2016 - The OEB has posted revised Price Comparison templates for Electricity Contracts valid from May 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016...

May 3, 2016 - The OEB has posted details on a new web-based process for revising data filed under the OEB’s Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements...

May 3, 2016 - The OEB has issued a letter announcing Amendments to the Electricity Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements related to the definition of a “Major Event” and associated reporting requirements...

April 22, 2016 - The OEB has posted Price Comparison templates for Natural Gas Contracts for Utilities Kingston valid from May 1, 2016...

April 15, 2016 - The OEB released an updated variance settlement factor that is to be used by electricity distributors to calculate a one-time credit or charge for consumers who choose to stop purchasing electricity through the Regulated Price Plan. This factor, called the "Final RPP Variance Settlement Factor" is updated on the OEB website on or around the 15th of each month...

April 14, 2016 - The OEB has posted Price Comparison templates for electricity contracts valid from May 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016...

April 14, 2016 - The OEB sets new summer electricity prices for households and small businesses starting May 1...

April 14, 2016 - The OEB is now using 750 kWh per month, down from 800 kWh, to represent typical household monthly electricity consumption for comparison purposes. Read the Report...

April 6, 2016 - The OEB has posted a Staff Report to the Board in relation to its 2015 Natural Gas Market Review consultation...

March 31, 2016 - The OEB has released a staff discussion paper on Rate Design for Commercial and Industrial Electricity Customers (EB-2015-0043). Stakeholders are invited to comment by May 27, 2016...

March 30, 2016 - The OEB has issued the Load Transfer Elimination Package, setting out Load Transfer Elimination process and Filing Guidelines...

March 29, 2016 - The OEB is initiating a policy review to address the question of how a commercial and industrial customer should be billed when they have a Load Displacement Generator (LDG) behind the meter...

March 24, 2016 - The OEB has posted the March 24, 2016 RRR Filing Guide Webinar for Electricity Distributors slide presentation and illustrative examples for RRR 2.1.5.6 ROE filing. The Q & As from the webinar will be posted next week...

March 23, 2016 - The OEB has posted Price Comparison templates for Natural Gas Contracts for Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Natural Resource Gas Limited and Union Gas Limited valid from April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016...

March 23, 2016 - The OEB has approved changes to the prices Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Natural Resource Gas Limited and Union Gas Limited will charge its customers for natural gas effective April 1, 2016...

March 14, 2016 - The OEB released an updated variance settlement factor that is to be used by electricity distributors to calculate a one-time credit for consumers who choose to stop purchasing electricity through the Regulated Price Plan. This factor, called the "Final RPP Variance Settlement Factor" is updated on the OEB website on or around the 15th of each month...

March 11, 2016 - The OEB has published the 2016 Quarter 2 prescribed accounting interest rates applicable to the carrying charges of deferral, variance and construction work in progress (CWIP) accounts of natural gas utilities, electricity distributors and other rate-regulated entities...

March 10, 2016 - The OEB has issued a letter to announce a consultation to develop a natural gas regulatory framework to support the implementation of Ontario’s Cap and Trade program. The framework will guide the OEB’s assessment of natural gas distributors’ Cap and Trade Compliance Plans, including the cost consequences of these plans and the mechanism for recovery of costs in rates...

March 7, 2016 - The OEB issued a letter to stakeholders introducing an initiative to update its filing requirements for natural gas rate applications...

March 1, 2016 - The OEB has released the 2016 RRR Filing Guide for electricity distributors and announced the upcoming March 24, 2016 Webinar on annual RRR Filings...

March 1, 2016 - The OEB has posted the speech "Leading Change, Together" by Rosemarie T. Leclair, Chair and CEO, to the Electricity Distributors Association Annual General Meeting on February 29, 2016...

February 16, 2016 - The OEB has issued a new edition of the Regulated Price Plan Manual. Revisions reflect renewed objectives in the OEB’s Regulated Price Plan Roadmap issued in November of 2015. This version also incorporates changes to the steps taken when a significant unexpected variance accumulates. Other changes have been made to acknowledge developments in Ontario’s electricity sector since 2013, when the manual was last updated...

February 16, 2016 - The OEB released an updated variance settlement factor that is to be used by electricity distributors to calculate a one-time credit for consumers who choose to stop purchasing electricity through the Regulated Price Plan. This factor, called the "Final RPP Variance Settlement Factor" is updated on the OEB website on or around the 15th of each month...

February 11, 2016 - The OEB issued a letter initiating a policy consultation on Protecting Privacy of Personal Information and the Reliable Operation of the Smart Grid in Ontario...

February 3, 2016 - The OEB has issued a letter to indicate changes made to the electronic input forms for the 2016 annual filings due under the Reporting and Record-Keeping Requirements (RRR) for electricity distributors...

January 27, 2016 - Consumer Alert: OEB Warns Consumers of a Possible Scam...

January 22, 2016 - The OEB has issued a Supplemental Report of the OEB on the consultation on New Policy Options for the Funding of Capital Investments (EB-2014-0219)...

January 20, 2016 - The OEB has issued its Decision on Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited’s 2015-2020 Demand Side Management (natural gas conservation) applications...

January 19, 2016 - The OEB has posted a Handbook to provide guidance to applicants and stakeholders on applications to the OEB for approval of electricity distributor and transmitter consolidations. The Handbook also discusses the rate-making policies associated with consolidations and sets out the timing of when such matters will be considered by the OEB...

January 15, 2016 - The OEB released an updated variance settlement factor that is to be used by electricity distributors to calculate a one-time credit for consumers who choose to stop purchasing electricity through the Regulated Price Plan. This factor, called the "Final RPP Variance Settlement Factor" is updated on the OEB website on or around the 15th of each month...

January 14, 2016 - The OEB has issued its Decision and Rate Order for 2016 Uniform Transmission Rates...

January 14, 2016 - The OEB has issued its Final Order on B2M LP's 2016 Transmission Revenue Requirement...

January 14, 2016 - The OEB has issued its Decision and Order on 2016 Transmission Revenue Requirement applications by Canadian Niagara Power Inc., Hydro One Networks Inc. and Great Lakes Power Transmission Inc.

January 14, 2016 - The OEB has issued an OEB Staff Report on the Review of the Cost of Capital for Ontario's Regulated Utilities (EB-2009-0084). The review assesses the performance of the current cost of capital policies and methodology from 2010 to 2015...

January 14, 2016 - The OEB has issued its Decision and Order for a Combined Proceeding regarding NRG’s April 2014 QRAM, NRG’s request for interest rate relief and the OEB’s own motion to review the Decision and Order in Union’s Penalty Reduction Proceeding...

January 7, 2016 - The OEB is initiating a policy consultation aimed at ensuring the cost responsibility provisions for load customers in the Transmission System Code (TSC) and Distribution System Code (DSC) are aligned and facilitate regional planning and the implementation of regional infrastructure plans...

 

Page last updated 2016-11-24

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