Policy initiatives and consultations

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
  • Research

Active consultations are listed below. Closed/historic consultations can be found in our archive of policy initiatives and consultations.

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Date Launched Case no. Project Sector Status
1657684800 EB-2022-0079
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.
Electricity Active
1651032000 EB-2022-0152
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.
Electricity Active
1646974800 EB-2022-0072
Consultation to review Enbridge Gas Inc.’s Annual Update to its five-year natural gas supply plan.
Natural Gas Active
1645506000 EB-2022-0096
Consultation to review filing requirements for large distributors for 2024 rates and beyond.
Electricity Active
1643864400 EB-2022-0081
The OEB issued a letter inviting interested parties to comment on a draft Natural Gas Facilities Handbook.
Natural Gas Complete
1638421200 --
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.
Electricity, Natural Gas Active
1638248400 EB-2021-0307
Review of reliability and power quality in the Ontario electricity sector.
Electricity Active
1637038800 EB-2022-0074
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.
Electricity Active
1627531200 --
Integrated Resource Planning is a planning strategy and process that evaluates and compares demand-side and supply-side alternatives to pipeline infrastructure in meeting natural gas system needs.
Natural Gas Active
1625457600 EB-2021-0183
Consultation on the implementation of Green Button by electricity and gas distributors.
Electricity, Natural Gas Active
1624420800 EB-2021-0180
Consultation to renew the OEB's Innovation Sandbox.
Electricity, Natural Gas Active
1621310400 EB-2021-0146
Consultation to review EPCOR Natural Gas Limited Partnership’s Annual Update to the five-year natural gas supply plan.
Natural Gas Active
1620619200 EB-2022-0011
Initiative to review the OEB's intervenor processes and cost awards practices.
Electricity, Natural Gas Active
1616472000 EB-2021-0118
Consultation to facilitate the deployment and adoption of innovative and cost-effective solutions, including distributed resources, in ways that enhance value for energy consumers (FEI).
Electricity Active
1607576400 EB-2020-0176
Consultation process to undertake a review of the regional planning process that applies to Ontario’s electricity sector.
Electricity Active
1596772800 EB-2020-0185, EB-2020-0186
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.
Electricity, Natural Gas Complete
1593403200 EB-2020-0162, EB-2020-0163
The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines asked for the OEB’s support to implement the new COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) for residential customers.
Electricity, Natural Gas Complete
1565668800 EB-2019-0207, EB-2021-0117
Initiative to review requirements in regard to the connection of distributed energy resources (DERs) by licensed electricity distributors.
Electricity Active
1539144000 EB-2018-0278
Initiative to develop Activity and Program-based Benchmarking (APB) to encourage continuous improvement by regulated utilities.
Electricity Active
1538366400 EB-2018-0268
Initiative to review the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Emergency Financial Assistance (LEAP EFA).
Electricity, Natural Gas Active
1494907200 EB-2017-0183
Review of customer service rules for electricity distributors, rate-regulated natural gas distributors and unit sub-meter providers.
Electricity, Natural Gas Complete
1489550400 EB-2015-0245
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.
Natural Gas Active
1468814400 EB-2016-0201
The OEB has issued its Regulated Price Plan Roadmap: Guideline for Pilot Projects on RPP Pricing.
Electricity Active
1432785600 EB-2015-0043
Consultation on rate design for commercial and industrial electricity customers.
Electricity Active
1131685200 --
Information on the implementation and evaluation of Board-approved CDM Programs and other electricity conservation matters
Electricity Active
1131685200 --
Information on conservation matters related to natural gas distributors.
Natural Gas Active
1120190400 EB-2004-0205
Monthly updates for the RPP Variance Settlement Amount.
Electricity Active
1116388800 EB-2004-0205
The OEB developed an electricity price plan that provides stable and predictable electricity pricing.
Electricity Active