2014 electricity distribution rate applications

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On October 18, 2012 the Board issued its "Report of the Board: A Renewed Regulatory Framework for Electricity Distributors: A Performance Based Approach (pdf)."  This Report established a new rate-setting policy that contains three rate-setting methods: 4th Generation Incentive Rate-setting (suitable for most distributors), Custom Incentive Rate-setting (suitable for those distributors with large or highly variable capital requirements) and the Annual Incentive Rate-setting Index (suitable for distributors with limited incremental capital requirements). 

Each distributor may select the rate-setting method that best meets its needs and circumstances, and apply to the Board to have its rates set on that basis beginning with 2014 rates. 

On December 11, 2012 the Board issued a letter identifying the list of electricity distributors (“the 2014 Rebasing List”) that are scheduled to file a cost of service application in respect of their 2014 rates assuming they opt for the 4th Generation Incentive Rate-setting method.  This letter also sets out the deadlines by which notice must be given to the Board in respect of various matters relating to the setting of 2014 rates, and by which cost of service applications for 2014 rates are expected to be filed.  The following table summarizes these deadlines.

Action Board Deadline
Letter from any distributor of the opinion that, given the circumstances of its last cost of service proceeding, it should have been included on the 2014 Rebasing List February 1, 2013
Letter from any distributor included on the 2014 Rebasing List who wishes to defer rebasing beyond 2014, other than by reason of seeking approval to move to a January 1 rate year (see below) February 1, 2013
Notification from any distributor included on the 2014 Rebasing List who plans to seek approval to move to a January 1 rate year February 1, 2013
Notification from any distributor on the 2014 Rebasing List who will be selecting either the Custom IR or Annual Incentive Rate-setting Index method and therefore will not be filing a cost of service rate application for 2014 rates April 26, 2013
Notification from any distributor that is not included on the 2014 Rebasing List but who plans to file a cost of service application for 2014 rates under the 4th Generation IR method (early rebasing) April 26, 2013
Deadline for cost of service applications for January 1, 2014 rates (using 3rd Generation IR filing requirements) April 26, 2013
Deadline for cost of service applications for May 1, 2014 rates (using 4th Generation IR filing requirements) October 1, 2013

 

The following table identifies all 77 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 2014 rates;
  • The "Notice of Application" Issued by the Board and to be published by the distributor. The purpose of the Notice is to inform the affected ratepayers and other stakeholders of the application, its nature and the impact on affected customers; and
  • The Decision issued by the Board when it has adjudicated on the application and the subsequent Rate Order and Tariff of Rates and Charges that reflects the Decision.
Related information

2014 Electricity Distribution Rates Backgrounder (pdf)

Estimated Total Bill Impacts (pdf) (For those utilities whose Rate Orders have not yet been issued, no information is supplied in the bill impact chart. The chart will be updated as Rate Orders are released)

A Renewed Regulatory Framework for Electricity Distributors

 

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 4th Generation Incentive Rate-setting method
IRM:  Distributors not rebasing under the 4th Generation Incentive Rate-setting method
CIR:  Distributors filing under the Custom Incentive Rate-setting method
AIRI:  Distributors filing under the Annual Incentive Rate-setting Index method
NoA: Notice of Application

 

ASSOCIATED DECISIONS

Date

Issue / Document

Jul 18-14

The Board issued its Decision with Reasons and Order on the Green Energy Plan Electricity Rate Protection Benefit and Charge effective July 1, 2014.

Jan 16-14

The Board issued its Decision with Reasons and Order on the Green Energy Plan Electricity Rate Protection Benefit and Charge (Ontario Regulation 330/09), effective January 1, 2014.

Dec 19-13

The Board issued a Decision and Rate Order (EB-2013-0396) establishing the Rural or Remote Electricity Rate Protection (“RRRP”) benefit and charge for 2014.

 

UPDATES

Date

Issue / Document

Nov 25-13

The Board has issued a letter which sets out the Cost of Capital Parameter Updates for Cost of Service Applications with rates effective in 2014.

Aug 19-13

The Board has issued a letter assigning electricity distributors that are scheduled to file a 2014 Incentive Regulation Mechanism distribution rate application to the five application groupings.

Aug 2-13

As previously announced, the Board has been reviewing its application process to identify opportunities to enhance efficiency and cost effectiveness, and to improve the record upon which the Board makes decisions. To assist with this, the Board has today posted a checklist for Chapter 2 of the Filing Requirements for Distribution Applications which may be helpful to distributors as they prepare their cost of service applications.

The quality of the information provided in an application has a direct impact on the efficiency of the review process, and the Board’s ability to adjudicate effectively. As set out in Chapter 1 of the Filing Requirements, the Board expects applications to be accurate, complete and internally consistent. If an application is incomplete or deficient then the Board may decline to process it until the deficiencies have been addressed. The checklist which has been posted is drawn directly from the Board’s Filing Requirements and has been developed as a tool to be used by the Board as part of its assessment as to whether or not an application is complete.

Aug 2-13

The Board has posted presentations and other supporting material presented at the July 23rd and 24th Orientation Session for electricity distributors that are scheduled to file a cost of service application for 2014 rates.

Jul 17-13

The Board has issued updated versions of Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the Filing Requirements for Electricity Distribution Rate Applications for 2014 rates, as well as a Survey for the 2014 IRM Rate Applications.

Dec 11-12

The Board has issued a letter identifying the list of distributors that are scheduled to file a cost of service application in respect of their 2014 rates under the 4th Generation Incentive Rate-setting method.  This letter also sets out the deadlines by which notice must be given to the Board in respect of various matters relating to the setting of 2014 rates, and by which cost of service applications for 2014 rates are expected to be filed.