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Regional Planning for Electricity Infrastructure (EB-2011-0043)

The Board is holding a consultation aimed at promoting the cost-effective development of electricity infrastructure through coordinated planning on a regional basis between licensed distributors and transmitters.  The consultation will be conducted in stages, with a view to developing a policy framework for regional planning that will likely be implemented through appropriate amendments to the Transmission System Code (“TSC”) and the Distribution System Code.  There will be links to the consultations on the renewed regulatory framework and smart grid implementation.

This consultation is intended to develop a regulatory framework for regional planning, having regard to the principles articulated in earlier TSC consultations as well as the following:

  • that an optimized solution is desirable as being the lowest cost in the long term;
  • that a coordinated solution is desirable as allowing for a consideration of broader needs and for involvement by a larger set of stakeholders; and
  • that cost responsibility for optimized solutions is attributed in an appropriate manner.

It is anticipated that this consultation will focus on the development of regional planning requirements that will apply in circumstances where a localized geographic issue can be resolved through a number of different transmission and/or distribution solutions. 

The Regional Planning for Electricity Infrastructure consultation process was included in the Board’s broader Renewed Regulatory Framework for Electricity consultation process.  Following the issuance of the Report of the Board, the Board established two Regional Infrastructure Planning Working Groups.

The Board has also initiated a process to establish the Regional Planning Standing Committee (“RPSC") whose purpose / focus will be to assume custodial accountability for the Regional Planning Process.

 


UPDATES

Date

Issue / Document

   

Mar 21-16

Five Nations Energy Inc. filed their Annual Report identifying the status of Regional Planning.

Nov 25-15

Hydro One Networks Inc. (HONI) and Great Lakes Power Transmission (GLPT) filed their Annual Reports identifying the Status of Regional Planning.

Jul 25-14

The Board has initiated a process to establish the Regional Planning Standing Committee (“RPSC") whose purpose / focus will be to assume custodial accountability for the Regional Planning Process.

Nov 12-13

The Board has posted comments in relation to the Supplementary Proposed Code Amendment related to the TSC cost responsibility rules issued on August 26th.

Aug 26-13

The Board has issued a Notice of Amendments to the Distribution System Code (“DSC”) and the Transmission System Code (“TSC”) to implement the Board’s policies related to Regional Infrastructure Planning, as set out in its October 18, 2012 Report of the Board – A Renewed Regulatory Framework for Electricity Distributors: A Performance Based Approach.

The Board has also issued a Supplementary Proposed Amendment to a Code related to the TSC cost responsibility rules.

The final TSC and DSC amendments are intended to support the “Working Group Report” which sets out the details of a Regional Infrastructure Planning process. Comments on the Supplementary Proposed Code Amendment are due by September 9, 2013.

Jun 20-13

The Board has posted comments in relation to the proposed code amendments issued on May 17th.

May 17-13

The Board issued a Notice of Proposal to Amend the Distribution System Code and the Transmission System Code to implement the Board’s policies set out in its October 18, 2012 Report of the Board – A Renewed Regulatory Framework for Electricity Distributors: A Performance Based Approach related to:

  • the establishment of a process in order to move to a more structured approach to regional infrastructure planning; and
  • the determination of the appropriate redefinition of certain line connection assets and modifications to the TSC cost responsibility rules to facilitate regional planning and the execution of regional infrastructure plans.

The proposed code amendments are also intended to support the “Working Group Report” which sets out the details of a regional infrastructure planning process. Comments on the proposed code amendments are due by June 17, 2013.

Mar 2-12

In the Board staff information session on the Renewed Regulatory Framework for Electricity held on December 8/9, 2011, clarification of the Ontario Power Authority’s (“OPA”) current regional planning process was requested.  In response, the OPA provided a description of their regional planning process.

Nov 8-11

The Board has posted a Staff Discussion Paper.

Jun 3-11

The Board has issued Meeting Notes from the Stakeholder Meeting on Regional Planning.

May 4-11

Stakeholder Meeting

Apr 1-11

The Board initiated a consultation aimed at promoting the cost-effective development of electricity infrastructure through coordinated planning on a regional basis between licensed distributors and transmitters.

 


COST AWARD MATTERS

Date

Issue / Document

   

Aug 18-14

The Board has issued a letter addressing cost award eligibility in relation to participation on the Regional Planning Standing Committee.

Jun 27-11

The Board has issued its Decision on Motion to Review.

Jun 7-11

The Board has received the following Motions in relation to the Decision on Cost Eligibility.

May 4-11

The Board has released its Decision on Cost Eligibility.

Apr 21-11

The Board has posted requests for cost eligibility in relation to the Regional Planning initiative.

 


CONTACT

For more information please contact Chris Cincar at 416-440-7696 or by e-mail at chris.cincar@ontarioenergyboard.ca. The Board’s toll-free number is 1-888-632-6273. The Board's Industry Relations Enquiry email is IndustryRelations@ontarioenergyboard.ca.

 

 

Page last updated 2016-07-18

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