As set out in the Report of the Board: A Renewed Regulatory Framework for Electricity (the "RRFE Report") (pdf), three alternative rate-setting methods are available to electricity distributors: 4th Generation Incentive Rate-setting (now named Price Cap IR); Custom Incentive Rate-setting ("Custom IR"); and Annual Incentive Rate-setting Index.
On January 29, 2015 the Board issued a letter identifying the list of electricity distributors (pdf) ("the 2016 Rebasing List") that are scheduled to file a cost of service application in respect of their 2016 rates assuming they opt for the Price Cap IR method. This letter also sets out the deadlines by which notice must be given to the Board in respect of various matters relating to the setting of 2016 rates, and by which cost of service applications for 2016 rates are expected to be filed. The following table summarizes these deadlines.
|Letter from any distributor included on the 2016 Rebasing List who wishes to defer rebasing beyond 2016||February 27, 2015|
|Notification from any distributor on the 2016 Rebasing List who will be selecting either the Custom IR or Annual Incentive Rate-setting Index method and therefore will not be filing a cost of service rate application for 2016 rates||February 27, 2015|
|Notification from any distributor that is not included on the 2016 Rebasing List but who plans to file a cost of service application for 2016 rates under the Price Cap IR method||February 27, 2015|
|Deadline for cost of service applications for January 1, 2016 rates||April 24, 2015|
|Deadline for cost of service applications for May 1, 2016 rates||August 28, 2015|
The following table identifies all 76 rate regulated electricity distributors in Ontario. The table contains links to select documents of a distributor’s rate application. These documents include:
- Key correspondence regarding the status of an application including the choice of rate-setting method for 2016 rates;
- The "Notice of Application" issued by the Board and to be published by the distributor. The purpose of the Notice is to inform affected ratepayers and other stakeholders of the application, its nature and the impact on affected customers; and
- The Decision issued by the Board when it has adjudicated on the application and the subsequent Rate Order and Tariff of Rates and Charges that reflects the Decision
Estimated Total Bill Impacts (pdf) (For those utilities whose Rate Orders have not yet been issued, no information is supplied in the bill impact chart. The chart will be updated as Rate Orders are released)
This table provides a list of select documents related to each application. To view all publicly available documents for the application, click the case number associated with that particular distributor.
COS: Distributors rebasing under the Price Cap Incentive Rate-setting method
Price Cap IR: Distributors not rebasing under the Price Cap Incentive Rate-setting method
Custom IR: Distributors filing under the Custom Incentive Rate-setting method
Annual IR Index: Distributors filing under the Annual Incentive Rate-setting Index method
*DA – Delegated Authority: Pursuant to powers granted in Section 6 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998, an employee of the Board may make a decision on the application without holding a hearing
NoA: Notice of Application
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|Date||Issue / Document|
|Jun 16-16||The OEB has issued a Supplementary Decision and Order on Capacity-Based Demand Response regulatory charges established for the 2016 rate year.|
|May 19-16||The OEB issued its Decision with Reasons and Order on the Green Energy Plan Electricity Rate Protection Benefit and Charge (Ontario Regulation 330/09), effective May 1, 2016.|
|Jan 28-16||The OEB issued its Decision with Reasons and Order on the Green Energy Plan Electricity Rate Protection Benefit and Charge (Ontario Regulation 330/09), effective January 1, 2016.|
|Nov 19-15||The OEB has issued a Decision and Order setting regulatory charges effective January 1, 2016, including the charge for the Ontario Electricity Support Program.|
|May 21-15||The OEB issued its Decision with Reasons and Order on the Green Energy Plan Electricity Rate Protection Benefit and Charge (Ontario Regulation 330/09), effective May 1, 2015.|
|Date||Issue / Document|
The OEB is holding a meeting on March 31, 2016 to gather input on the approach to recording the revenue impact of demand (kW) savings in the lost revenue adjustment mechanism variance account (LRAMVA).
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).
The OEB has issued a letter which sets out the Cost of Capital Parameter Updates for Cost of Service Applications with rates effective in 2016.
Consistent with the policy determinations set out in the Report of the Board on Rate Setting Parameters and Benchmarking under the Renewed Regulatory Framework for Ontario's Electricity Distributors (EB-2010-0379) (Issued November 21, 2013 and updated December 4, 2013), the OEB has calculated the value of the inflation factor for incentive rate setting under the Price Cap IR and Annual Index plans, for rate changes effective in 2016, to be 2.1%. The derivation of this is shown in the following table. The OEB will adjust the price escalator in each applicable distributor's 2016 Incentive Regulation Mechanism model such that this inflationary adjustment is reflected in distribution rate changes resulting from Price Cap IR and Annual Index applications effective in 2016.
Data accessed September 2, 2015
The OEB has posted the 2016 IRM Rate Generator Model and the 2016 Capital Module applicable to those filing an ACM or ICM.
The OEB has posted presentations and other supporting material for the July 23rd Orientation Session for electricity distributors that are scheduled to file a cost of service application for 2016 rates.
The OEB has posted the checklist for Chapter 2 of the Filing Requirements for Electricity Distribution Rate Applications (2015 Edition for 2016 Rates) which may be helpful to distributors as they prepare their cost of service applications.
The quality of the information provided in an application has a direct impact on the efficiency of the review process, and the OEB’s ability to adjudicate effectively. As set out in Chapter 1 of the Filing Requirements, the OEB expects applications to be accurate, complete and internally consistent. If an application is incomplete or deficient then the OEB may decline to process it until the deficiencies have been addressed. The checklist which has been posted is drawn directly from the OEB’s Filing Requirements and has been developed as a tool to be used by the OEB as part of its assessment as to whether or not an application is complete.
The OEB has issued updated versions of Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the Filing Requirements for Electricity Distribution Rate Applications for 2016 rates.
The OEB has issued a letter outlining details regarding the implementation of the transition to fully fixed distribution charges for residential customers.
** Please note, as of July 16, 2015 the appendices and models below are now final. **
The OEB has issued draft versions of the Chapter 2 Appendices and Cost of Service Models.
Cost of Service Models:
The OEB has issued a letter outlining a new cost allocation policy for the street lighting rate class, a change to the street lighting revenue to cost ratio policy range, implementation matters, and commentary on distributor load profiles. The OEB has also posted a Report prepared by OEB staff’s consultant, Navigant Consulting Limited (Navigant), which presents Navigant's findings and recommendations with respect to cost allocation to different types of street lighting configurations.
The OEB has posted a letter that provides an update to the OEB’s policy for the calculation of the allowance for working capital for electricity rate applications.
Effective immediately, the OEB is a adopting a new default value of 7.5% of the sum of the cost of power and operating, maintenance and administration (OM&A) costs. As in the past, distributors who do not wish to use the default value can request approval for a distributor-specific working capital allowance supported by the appropriate evidence from a lead-lag study or equivalent analysis.
The Board has issued a letter identifying the list of distributors that are scheduled to file a cost of service application in respect of their 2016 rates under the Price Cap Incentive Rate-setting method. This letter also sets out the deadlines by which notice must be given to the Board in respect of various matters relating to the setting of 2016 rates, and by which cost of service applications for 2016 rates are expected to be filed.