Activity and Program-based Benchmarking (APB) Initiative

Case number
EB-2018-0278
Launched
Sector
Electricity
Status
Active
Details

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has launched an initiative to develop Activity and Program-based Benchmarking (APB) to encourage continuous improvement by regulated utilities and increase regulatory efficiency.

While the OEB intends to develop APB for all rate-regulated utilities, it is undertaking the initiative in several phases. Phase One focuses on development of APB for electricity distributors. Subsequent phases will address electricity transmitters, gas distributors and Ontario Power Generation. The OEB expects the model for APB developed in Phase One will provide a basis for subsequent phases.

Updates
Updates
Date Issue / Document
May 4, 2022

Following the February 25th letter regarding changes to the Activity and Program-based Benchmarking (APB) framework, the OEB has published a new APB report with unit cost results updated by OEB staff and econometric results updated by the project consultant, Pacific Economics Group Research LLC.

February 25, 2022

The OEB is announcing changes to the Activity and Program-based Benchmarking (APB) framework in line with its commitment to drive utility performance and support efficiencies in the regulatory process. This letter sets out the specific changes to certain unit cost metric calculations and identifies the data points needed to support them.

December 3, 2021

The OEB has created this slide deck to communicate proposed APB enhancements to stakeholders in advance of the December 9th meeting.

November 25, 2021

The OEB is holding a meeting on December 9th to announce steps we’re taking to advance Activity and Program-based Benchmarking.

May 13, 2021

The OEB has published an OEB Staff presentation for a stakeholder meeting on the APB Initiative Update and Implementation held on May 13, 2021.

March 30, 2021

The OEB posted the Activity and Program-based Benchmarking (APB) results of 10 programs published in a Pacific Economics Group report to the OEB following a request for data from electricity distributors. The OEB plans to host a stakeholder meeting on May 13, 2021 to discuss the initiative and the expected use of the APB results in the regulatory process.

November 12, 2020

The OEB is moving forward with its initiative to develop Activity and Program-based Benchmarking (APB) to encourage continuous improvement by regulated utilities and increase regulatory efficiency.

November 5, 2019

The OEB has received the following stakeholder comments on the Activity and Program-based Benchmarking For Electricity Distributors - Staff Discussion Paper.

March 5, 2019

OEB Staff has posted the stakeholder information meeting presentations on the Activity and Program-based Benchmarking (APB) initiative for the electricity distributors.

March 1, 2019

OEB Staff will hold a meeting on March 5, 2019 for interested stakeholders on the Activity and Program-based Benchmarking (APB) for electricity distributors’ initiative at the OEB office, North Hearing Room, from 10am to 1pm. The stakeholder meeting will be also available through a webcast and the details are provided in the document below.

February 25, 2019

The OEB has issued a Staff Discussion Paper and the reports of its two expert consultants on the Activity and Program-based Benchmarking (APB) initiative. A key part of the work is establishing an APB framework for electricity distributors contemplated in the Discussion Paper that is expected to also provide an APB basis for other rate-regulated utilities in subsequent phases. The OEB is seeking stakeholder comment on the Discussion Paper by March 27, 2019. 

October 10, 2018

The OEB is launching an initiative to develop Activity and Program-based Benchmarking (APB) to encourage continuous improvement by regulated utilities.

Working Group

Cost Award Matters
Cost Award Matters
Date Issue / Document
November 15, 2021

The OEB has issued a Notice of Hearing for Cost Awards.