As Ontario’s independent energy regulator, we develop policy that contributes to a sustainable and reliable energy sector and protects consumers. The Minister of Energy also calls on us to implement special requirements – called directives – and to provide expert and impartial advice on important policy initiatives.
How we develop new policies
When we develop new policies, we engage energy companies, energy-related agencies, public interest groups and consumers. Some of our practices include:
Stakeholder meetings, working groups and industry task forces
Public consultations and meetings with Indigenous Communities
Review of practices in other provinces or countries
The OEB has prepared a draft update to the Chapter 4 Filing Requirements that will provide guidance on electricity transmission leave to construct applications and related matters under Part VI of the Ontario Energy Board Act.
Consultation to gather feedback on opportunities to streamline the data collected through Reporting and Record-keeping Requirements (RRR), improve the systems used to collect that data and consider new areas of interest for data collection.
The Electric Vehicle Integration (EVI) initiative is intended to inform actions the OEB may take to ensure the efficient integration of electric vehicles (EVs) with the transmission and distribution systems.
The OEB is working with the Independent Electricity System Operator to develop a plan to design and implement a dynamic electricity pricing pilot to assess the benefits for Class B consumers that don’t pay Regulated Price Plan (RPP) prices.
Consultation related to proposed amendments to the Distribution System Code (DSC), the Electricity Retailer Code of Conduct, and the Retail Settlement Code (RSC) to facilitate regulatory changes to net metering and retailing that take effect July 1, 2022.
The Green Button industry-led working group (GB IWG) is a forum for distributors and other interested stakeholders to address issues that arise as distributors go through the process of implementing Green Button during the two-year implementation period.
The Minister of Energy asked the OEB to report back and advise on the design(s) of an optional enhanced Time-of-Use (TOU) rate to further incent demand-shifting away from peak periods to lower-demand periods.
The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines asked for the OEB’s support to implement the new COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program - Small Business (CEAP-SB) for small business and charity customers.
As part of the OEB’s leadership role related to DSM evaluation, measurement & verification (EM&V), the OEB, through its third party Evaluation Contractor, will review annual gas utility DSM program results.