The Ontario Energy Board has adopted new performance standards for processing rate applications to take effect April 1, 2019. See letter issued March 11, 2019 . The new standards better reflect the time required by the OEB to process an application and will provide greater certainty and predictability to applicants.
The OEB’s current cycle time standards for rate applications are determined by hearing type (i.e. oral or written). These standards will also be revised to reflect the size of the revenue requirement rather than the hearing type.
The new performance standards will measure three indicators:
- Time elapsed from issuance of completeness letter to the issuance of Procedural Order No. 1 (PO#1)
- Time elapsed from close of the record to the issuance of an OEB decision
- Total cycle time – from issuance of completeness letter to final decision
Click the name of the performance standard in the table below to view the schedule.
|Elapsed Calendar Days|
|PO#1||Decision||Total Cycle Time|
|Cost-Based >$500M Revenue Requirement||60||90||355|
|Cost-Based <$500M Revenue Requirement||35||60||230|
|Complex Incentive Rate-setting Mechanism
(or other stand-alone request)
|Accounting Order (or other stand-alone request)||35||30||125|
The new performance standards apply to rate applications filed as of April 1, 2019.
For all other types of applications, the current performance standards will continue to apply as follows:
Elapsed time from completeness letter to decision (calendar days)
Municipal franchise or certificate
Leave to construct or gas storage designation
Licence – Individual application
|Written Hearing – One Step Notice||90 (60 days for feed-in tariff applications)|
Mergers, acquisitions, amalgamations and divestitures
A review of a SECTION 80 or 81 notice of proposal under SECTION 82
(generation, transmission, distribution ownership prohibition)
Section 86 (change of ownership or control of systems)
Quarterly rate adjustment filings – gas
|Motion to Review - Oral Hearing||170|
|Motion to Review - Written Hearing||120|