The OEB carries out policy development using a number of processes including proceedings, industry task forces, stakeholder working groups and public consultation. Active consultations are listed below. Closed/historic consultations can be found in our archive of policy initiatives and consultations.
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The Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines asked for the OEB’s support to implement the new COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program - Small Business (CEAP-SB) for small business and charity customers.
Consultation on a deferral account, established in relation to the impacts arising from the COVID-19 emergency, approved for all rate-regulated utilities in the electricity and natural gas sectors and OPG.
Ontario announced its intention to further increase access to natural gas by making additional projects eligible for financial support to serve communities that are not currently connected to a natural gas distribution system.
Consultation to consider the next generation DSM framework, with a view to ensuring that the OEB’s approach remains current, responsive to energy efficiency and conservation market developments and consistent with broader government policy.
Consultation to identify how to remunerate utilities in ways that make them indifferent to traditional or innovative solutions, better supports their pursuit of least cost solutions, strengthens their focus on long-term value and requires them to reflect the impact of sector evolution in their system planning and operations.
Consultation to develop a more comprehensive regulatory framework that facilitates investment and operation of DERs on the basis of value to consumers and supports effective DER integration so the benefits of sector evolution can be realized.
Consultation to consider the merits of moving to a single annual natural gas rate application that will include both delivery-related and commodity-related rates from each rate-regulated natural gas distributor.
Policy consultation to explore and better understand certain implementation matters related to amendments to Ontario's net metering regulation, and to assess whether changes to its policies and codes should be considered.
As part of the OEB’s leadership role related to DSM evaluation, measurement & verification (EM&V), the OEB, through its third party Evaluation Contractor, will review annual gas utility DSM program results.
On June 27, 2016, the Minister of Energy asked the OEB to examine and provide advice on options for an appropriate electricity rate (or rate assistance) for on-reserve First Nations electricity consumers.
The OEB posted a Report of the Ontario Energy Board – Updated Policy for the Lost Revenue Adjustment Mechanism Calculation: Lost Revenues and Peak Demand Savings from Conservation and Demand Management Programs.
Policy consultation to review the non-bulk electrical grid and associated business systems in Ontario that could impact the protection of personal information and smart grid reliability. (Cyber Security Framework)
Policy consultation aimed at ensuring the cost responsibility provisions for load customers in the TSC and DSC are aligned and facilitate regional planning and the implementation of regional infrastructure plans.
The OEB initiated a consultation on distributor gas supply planning. The consultation will focus on gas supply and transportation planning strategies and the risk/cost trade-offs considered in the plans.
The March 2014 directive to the OEB from the Minister of Energy (the DSM/CDM Directive) requires that an achievable potential study for natural gas efficiency in Ontario should be conducted every three years.
The Minister of Energy asked the OEB to create a process for selecting the most qualified and cost-effective transmission company to develop the East-West Tie transmission line that connects Northeast and Northwest Ontario.