Activity and Program Based Benchmarking (APB) Initiative

Case number
EB-2018-0278
Launched
Sector
Electricity
Status
Active
Details

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is launching an initiative to develop Activity and Program Based Benchmarking (APB) to encourage continuous improvement by regulated utilities.

The OEB’s Strategic Blueprint set out a goal of “utilities delivering value to consumers in a changing environment." In its 2017-2020 Business Plan, the OEB identified the development of a framework for APB of electricity local distribution companies as a key initiative towards achieving this.

While the OEB intends to develop APB for all rate-regulated utilities, it plans to undertake the initiative in several phases. Phase One will focus on development of APB for electricity distributors. Subsequent phases will address electricity transmitters, gas distributors and Ontario Power Generation. The OEB expects the model for APB developed in Phase One will provide a basis for subsequent phases.

In October-November 2018, OEB staff held stakeholder engagement workshops with a working group to get feedback on the APB initiative and the identification of potential activities and programs for performance benchmarking of electricity distributors.

Updates
Updates
Date Issue / Document
November 5, 2019

The OEB has received the following stakeholder comments on the Activity and Program Based Benchmarking For Electricity Distributors - Staff Discussion Paper.

March 5, 2019

OEB Staff has posted the stakeholder information meeting presentations on the Activity and Program based Benchmarking (APB) initiative for the electricity distributors.

March 1, 2019

OEB Staff will hold a meeting on March 5, 2019 for interested stakeholders on the Activity and Program Based Benchmarking (APB) for electricity distributors’ initiative at the OEB office, North Hearing Room, from 10am to 1pm. The stakeholder meeting will be also available through a webcast and the details are provided in the document below.

February 25, 2019

The OEB has issued a Staff Discussion Paper and the reports of its two expert consultants on the Activity and Program Based Benchmarking (APB) initiative. A key part of the work is establishing an APB framework for electricity distributors contemplated in the Discussion Paper that is expected to also provide an APB basis for other rate-regulated utilities in subsequent phases. The OEB is seeking stakeholder comment on the Discussion Paper by March 27, 2019. 

October 10, 2018

The OEB is launching an initiative to develop Activity and Program Based Benchmarking (APB) to encourage continuous improvement by regulated utilities.

Working Group