Much of the sandbox process, particularly in the early stages, is about information sharing between proponents and OEB staff.
The Sandbox is a way for innovators from within an existing utility business or from the broader energy technology and service sectors to bring forward ideas for projects that have the potential to deliver technological, service, and business model innovations.
In many cases, proponents from the broader energy sector will benefit from having a utility partner already on board at the time the proposal comes forward to the OEB. However, there is no requirement for entities to have a utility partner to bring forward a Sandbox proposal. If an innovator has tried and failed to secure a utility partner, the OEB may consider steps to support field-testing if a project demonstrates clear potential for improved consumer value.
The OEB is interested in supporting innovation and innovative projects through the provision of guidance, temporary relief and information sharing. At this stage, dedicated funding is not available to support initiatives that come through the Sandbox.