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On October 13, 2016, the OEB issued the Handbook for Utility Rate Applications to provide guidance to utilities and stakeholders on applications to the OEB for approval of rates. The Rate Handbook outlines the key principles and expectations the OEB will apply when reviewing rate applications under the OEB’s renewed regulatory framework, Report of the Board: A Renewed Regulatory Framework for Electricity (the RRFE Report). Three alternative rate-setting methods are available to electricity distributors: Price Cap Incentive Rate-setting (Price Cap IR); Custom Incentive Rate-setting (Custom IR); and Annual Incentive Rate-setting Index (Annual IR Index).

On January 13, 2017 the OEB issued a letter identifying a preliminary list of electricity distributors (the Rebasing List) that are scheduled to file a cost of service application in respect of their 2018 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 OEB in respect of various other matters relating to the setting of 2018 rates, and by which cost of service applications for 2018 rates are expected to be filed. The following table summarizes these deadlines.

Action

OEB Deadline
Notification from any distributor on the 2018 Rebasing List that will be selecting either the Custom IR or Annual IR Index method and therefore will not be filing a cost of service rate application for 2018 rates March 1, 2017
Notification from any distributor that is currently on Annual IR Index but that plans to file a cost of service rate application under the Price Cap IR method or a Custom IR application for 2018 rates March 1, 2017
Notification from any distributor that is not included on the 2018 Rebasing List but that plans to file a cost of service application for 2018 rates under the Price Cap IR method (early rebasing) March 1, 2017
Deadline for cost of service  applications for January 1, 2018 rates including those distributors that wish to convert from May 1 rates to January 1 rates May 1, 2017
Deadline for cost of service  applications for May 1, 2018 rates August 28, 2017

 

The following table identifies all 69 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 2018 rates. For applications to be decided under Delegated Authority, case management letters are used to communicate case steps and dates rather than a letter of direction and procedural order.
  • The Notice of Application issued by the OEB and to be published by the distributor, if applicable. The purpose of the Notice is to inform affected ratepayers and other stakeholders of the application, its nature and the impact on affected customers.
  • The Decision issued by the OEB when it has made determinations on the application and the subsequent Rate Order and Tariff of Rates and Charges that reflects the Decision.

 

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

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.

DEFINITIONS:

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 OEB may make a decision on the application without holding a hearing. For these applications, there are normally no formal hearings and thus, no publication requirements of a formal Notice of Application. The process and timelines associated with the assessment of the applications by OEB staff are communicated to distributors by way of Case Management letters.
NoA: Notice of Application

Click the column header to sort the table by DistributorProcess, Application Received or Updated on. Click the column again to switch between ascending/descending order.

 

ASSOCIATED DECISIONS

Date

Issue/document

Jun 22-17

The OEB has issued its Decision and Order in the matter of the Rural or Remote Electricity Rate Protection charge and Distribution Rate Protection effective July 1, 2017.

Apr 25-17

The OEB has issued an Order for OESP Credits to all licensed electricity distributors.

 

UPDATES

Date

Issue/document

Nov 23-17

The OEB has issued a letter which sets out the Cost of Capital Parameter Updates for Cost of Service Applications with Rates effective in 2018.

Nov 23-17

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 2018, to be 1.2%. The derivation of this is shown in the following table. The OEB will adjust the price escalator in each applicable electricity distributor's 2018 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 2018.

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Sources:

Data accessed August 31, 2017

Nov 6-17

The OEB held a webinar for electricity distributors on November 6, 2017 outlining the OEB’s Proportionate Review Initiative.

Aug 3-17 The OEB has posted the GA Analysis Work Form Webinar and Q&A below (under the Jul 14-17 entry).
Aug 1-17 The OEB has posted the IRM Process Updates Webinar and Q&A below (under the Jul 14-17 entry). The Q&A will follow shortly.
Jul 31-17

The OEB has posted the 2018 Revenue to Cost Ratio Adjustment Model.

Jul 26-17

The OEB held its orientation session on July 25th for electricity distributors that will file a cost of service or custom IR application for 2018 – January 2019.

Jul 20-17 The OEB has issued updated versions of Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the Filing Requirements for Electricity Distribution Rate Applications for 2018 rates.

Filing Requirements for Electricity Distribution Rate Applications:

Jul 14-17

The OEB has issued versions of the Chapter 2 Appendices and various Models to be used for 2018 Cost of Service Applications. The models are considered final. Queries regarding the models should be sent using the Industry Relations Enquiry form.

 

Cost of Service Models:

 

IRM Models:

Jan 13-17

The OEB has issued a letter identifying a preliminary list of distributors that are scheduled to file a cost of service application in respect of their 2018 rates assuming they opt for the Price Cap IR method. This letter also out the deadlines by which notice must be given to the OEB in respect of various other matters relating to the setting of 2018 rates, and by which cost of service applications for 2018 rates are expected to be filed.