Much of the OEB Innovation Sandbox process, particularly in the early stages, is about information-sharing between proponents and OEB staff. Features of the process:
The OEB Innovation Sandbox is a way for innovators to bring forward ideas for projects that have the potential to bring about innovation in the delivery of natural gas or electricity services and their associated business models.
The OEB Innovation Sandbox is open to both natural gas or electricity utilities or the broader energy technology and service sectors. In most cases, proponents from the broader energy sector will benefit from having a utility partner on board to carry out an innovative pilot. However, there is no requirement for companies to have a utility partner to discuss an innovative idea or bring forward a proposal. If an innovator has tried and failed to secure a utility partner, OEB staff may consider steps to support field-testing if a project demonstrates clear potential for improved consumer value.