The OEB monitors and evaluates the timeliness of its adjudicative proceedings on an ongoing basis, using performance standards and key performance indicators established for all application types.
The Adjudicative Reporting Dashboard provides stakeholders and industry with a comprehensive, online report of the OEB’s overall adjudicative performance, updated mid-way through and at the end of each fiscal year.
Fiscal 2021-2022: Q1 and Q2 Results (April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021)
- The OEB has issued nearly 100 decisions in this fiscal year as of September 30, 2021 – 98% of which were issued in accordance with performance standards (the OEB target is 85%).
- Of all decisions issued to date, 68% were issued more than 14 days in advance of the decision metric date.
- The OEB, on average, has performed well with respect to decision writing timelines partly due to six rate applications achieving full settlement.
- April 2021 was the month in which the most decisions were issued by the OEB.
Total Decisions Issued
The majority of decisions (78%) issued by the OEB were heard by Delegated Authority. This is consistent with historical trends. Over the last five fiscal years, on average 79% of decisions were issued by Delegated Authority.
73% of the decisions issued in Q1 and Q2 of Fiscal 2021-2022 were for applications related to electricity.
Over half (52%) of the decisions issued were for Licence applications; Rates comprised 24% of decisions, followed by Facilities (18%) and MAADs (6%).
The OEB met the decision writing timelines 100% of the time.
Decision Issuance Spectrum
In addition to monitoring whether a decision is issued on time or late, the OEB also monitors the degree to which decisions were issued early or late relative to the decision metric date established by the applicable performance standard. This Decision Issuance Spectrum highlights the fact that 68% of decisions issued this reporting period were issued more than two weeks in advance of the metric date.
Key Documents Issued
The OEB issues many documents aside from decisions each month. Key Documents refers to all other documents that are issued by the OEB, but are not a final Decision and Order (e.g., Notice, Procedural Order, Letter to Industry, etc.). The OEB issued 37 Key Documents on average each month in Q1 and Q2 of Fiscal 2021-2022.
Average Time for Procedural Order No. 1 (PO#1), Decision Writing and Total Cycle
The OEB has committed to report on the performance of key application milestones for applications heard by panels of Commissioners for major application types. The three graphs illustrate the performance for various application types relative to the performance standard for:
This graph provides the average time from a complete application to the issuance of PO#1, and compares this to the performance standard. There are more types of applications shown for this graph as compared to decision writing and total cycle time because as of Q2, decisions have not yet been issued for some applications.
This graph provides the average time from the close of the record to the issuance of the decision, and compares this to the performance standard.
This graph provides the average time from a complete application to the issuance of the decision, and compares it to the performance standard.
As of Q2, there were six full and one partial settlement proposals filed for 2021 and 2022 cost of service rates that were accepted by the panel of Commissioners. Full settlements generally reduce the amount of time required to adjudicate these applications relative to the performance standards.