Regional Planning Process Review

Case number
EB-2020-0176
Launched
Sector
Electricity
Status
Active
Details

The OEB initiated a consultation process to undertake a review of the regional planning process that applies to Ontario’s electricity sector. The OEB instituted a more structured process across the province, in 2013, to better ensure optimal investments are made by electricity transmitters and distributors. The primary purpose of this review is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the current regional planning process.

As the first step in this Regional Planning Process Review (RPPR), the OEB is re-establishing its Regional Planning Process Advisory Group (RPPAG) to assist the OEB in its review. As indicated in the OEB’s 2020-21 Business Plan, this review will include consideration of certain recommendations from the high level regional planning process review completed by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). The work of the RPPAG therefore included further assessing the IESO’s recommendations that the two organizations determined the OEB should take the lead on as set out in the IESO’s Final Report. The RPPAG has provided its report to the OEB with recommendations for the OEB’s consideration to improve the regional planning process.

Related Information:

Updates
Updates
Date Issue / Document
January 18, 2021

The OEB has issued a letter to inform stakeholders of the membership of the newly constituted Regional Planning Process Advisory Group (RPPAG) and the scope of the RPPAG’s work to assist the OEB with its review of the regional planning process. The letter also includes the OEB’s Decision on Cost Eligibility.

December 10, 2020

The OEB issued a letter initiating a consultation to undertake a review of the regional planning process that applies to Ontario’s electricity sector. As the first step in this consultation, the OEB is re-establishing its Regional Planning Process Advisory Group (RPPAG) to assist the OEB in its review. Those interested in participating as a member of the RPPAG should indicate their intent by January 7, 2021 in accordance with the instructions in the letter.

Working Group

Date Issue / Document
December 20, 2021

The Regional Planning Process Advisory Group (RPPAG) provided its Report to the OEB which includes recommendations, for the OEB’s consideration, that are intended to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of the current regional planning process in Ontario. The RPPAG’s report is the first step in the OEB’s Regional Planning Process Review (RPPR) consultation. 

November 5, 2021

The RPPAG is preparing a Report to the OEB with recommendations to improve the regional planning process. One of those recommendations involves proposed changes to the OEB’s CDM Guidelines. The RPPAG provided that recommendation in advance of the full report due to the timing of the CDM Guideline update.

September 21, 2021

Meeting #7:

August 19, 2021

Meeting #6:

July 14, 2021

Meeting #5:

May 25, 2021

Meeting #4:

April 21, 2021

Meeting #3:

March 19, 2021

Meeting #2:

February 17, 2021

Meeting #1:

Cost Award Matters
Cost Award Matters
Date Issue / Document
November 9, 2021

The OEB has issued a letter related to a Cost Award matter on an additional consultation activity involving the RPPAG’s Report to the OEB.