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Directives Issued to the OEB by the Minister of Energy

Under the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998, the Minister of Energy1 may issue, and the Board shall implement, directives that have been approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council in relation to certain matters. Below is a list of directives issued to the Board by the Minister of Energy:

 

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Apr 23-14

Letter(1) from the Minister requiring the Board to report on developing and implementing an appropriate electricity rate-affordability program for low-income electricity consumers.


(1) This letter was issued under section 35 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998, and is not in the nature of a Cabinet-approved directive to the Board.

Mar 26-14

Directive requiring the Board to amend the licences of electricity distributors regarding CDM activities for the period January 2015 to December 2020 and to develop a DSM policy framework for natural gas distributors for the same period. (Issued under sections 27.1 and 27.2 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998)

Dec 18-13

Letter(1) from the Minister requiring the Board to commence a review of Part II of the ECPA and the regulations made under Part II.


(1) This letter was issued under section 30 of the Energy Consumer Protection Act, 2010, and is not in the nature of a Cabinet-approved directive to the Board.

Nov 27-13

Directive requiring the Board to amend the transmission licence of Hydro One Networks Inc. relating to the development of certain transmission projects. (Issued under section 28.6 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.)

Nov 13-13

Letter(1) from the Minister requiring the Board to consult and report on TransCanada’s proposal to develop the Energy East pipeline project.

The Ontario Energy Board has received a letter from the Minister of Energy requiring the Ontario Energy Board to consult and report to the Minister on certain aspects of TransCanada’s proposal to develop the Energy East Pipeline project.

The Minister has asked the Board to consider the implications of four specific impacts, namely:

  1. Impacts on Ontario natural gas consumers, in particular those in Eastern and Northern Ontario in terms of rates, reliability and access to supply;
  2. Impacts in Ontario on the natural environment and pipeline safety;
  3. Impacts in Ontario on local communities and Aboriginal communities; and
  4. The short and long-term economic impacts of the project in Ontario.

The Minister acknowledges that the Energy East project falls under the jurisdiction of the National Energy Board and that our report will be used by the Ontario government to inform its participation in the NEB approval process.

As requested by the Minister, we are developing plans to consult directly with the public, including First Nations and Métis communities, local communities along the pipeline route, and other stakeholders regarding the matters that we have been asked to consider.

Details of those consultations will be shared publicly as soon as possible. The Board will also establish a web page dedicated to the Board’s review and report, including consultation details and other related information.


(1) This letter was issued under section 35 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998, and is not in the nature of a Cabinet-approved directive to the Board.

Feb 17-11

Direction(1) directing the Board to ensure that the review of the Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP) is carried out no later than 12 months after the date the Ontario Power Authority submits the IPSP to the Board.


(1) This direction is not a directive under the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 but rather a direction given under subsection 25.30 (6) of the Electricity Act, 1998.

Feb 9-11

Directive requiring the Board to amend the transmission licence of Hydro One Networks Inc. relating to the development or the development and implementation of certain transmission projects.  (Issued under section 28.6 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.)

Nov 23-10

Directive requiring the Board to provide guidance to licensed distributors and other regulated entities regarding the Board’s expectations in relation to activities in support of the establishment and implementation of a smart grid.  (Issued under section 28.5 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.)

Mar 31-10

Directive requiring the Board to establish electricity conservation and demand management (CDM) targets to be met by licensed electricity distributors and to issue a code pertaining to CDM.  (Issued under sections 27.1 and 27.2 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.)

Sep 8-09

Directive requiring the Board to dispense with compliance by Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited with sections of their respective undertakings given to the Lieutenant Governor in Council, such that these gas utilities can own and operate certain generation facilities as well as assets required in respect of the provision of energy conservation services.   (Issued under section 27.1 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.)

May 16-07

Directive requiring the Board to implement such measures as the Board considers necessary to address the issue of stray voltage as it affects the farm sector.  (Issued under section 27 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.)

Aug 10-06

Directive requiring the Board to dispense with compliance by Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited with sections of their respective undertakings given to the Lieutenant Governor in Council, such that these gas utilities can provide services related to the promotion of conservation, electricity management and the promotion of cleaner energy sources.  (Issued under section 27.1 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.)

Jun 23-04

Directive requiring the Board to develop and provide to the Minister of Energy an implementation plan for the achievement of the Government’s smart meter targets, as well as in relation to the need for and potential effectiveness of non-commodity time of use rate structures.   (Issued under section 27.1 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.)

Jun 4-03

Directive requiring the Board to consult with stakeholders to identify and review options for the delivery of demand side management and demand response activities within the electricity sector, and to report back to the Minister of Energy with the Board’s analysis and recommendations.  (Issued under section 27.1 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.)

Jun 4-03

Directive requiring the Board to review and enhance licence conditions governing the connection of generation facilities to distribution systems, in particular in relation to net metering.  (Issued under section 27.1 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.)

Jun 7-00

Directive requiring that the Board give primacy to the objective of protecting the interests of consumers in setting electricity distribution rates, and that the Board invite representations from the council of the municipal corporation(s) within the service area of an electricity distributor before making an order setting that distributor’s distribution rates.  (Issued under section 27 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.)

Mar 24-99 and later

Directive requiring the Board to implement and maintain certain conditions in the licences issued to Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG), the Independent Electricity Market Operator (as it was then known) and others to address issues that arise from the market share of Ontario Power Generation Inc. in the Ontario electricity sector.  (Issued under section 28 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.)

A number of successive directives were issued that required the Board to modify certain of the conditions of licence, largely in relation to the “price cap and rebate” mechanism and, in one instance, to facilitate implementation by OPG of the reduction in CO2 emissions from the use of coal:

1 The power to issue directives is given to the Minister that is responsible for the administration of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.  At different times, that has been the Minister of Energy, Science and Technology, the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure and the Minister of Energy.

2 For directives under the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998, the date listed is generally the date of the applicable Order in Council. That date does not always coincide with the date on which the directive was received by the Board.

3 Issued under section 28.1 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.

 

 

Page last updated 2014-04-23

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