Comparison of Ontario Electricity Distributors Costs

Case number
EB-2006-0268
Launched
Sector
Electricity
Status
Archived
Details

Board staff began a staged consultation process on comparison of distributor costs in November 2006. Board staff hired Pacific Economics Group (PEG), Dr. Mark Lowry, who used data provided to stakeholders in November 2006 as the basis of the benchmarking work. Release of the PEG report is a step in the evolution of the Board's consideration and development of regulation of the sector.

Updates

Date Issue / Document
December 4, 2008

The Board has issued an update to the spreadsheet dated June 25, 2008 supporting the Comparison of Distributor Costs project.

  • Spreadsheet (revised December 4, 2008 due to data errors reported in the customer numbers of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. for years 2005 and 2006.)
July 25, 2008

The Board has issued an updated spreadsheet, including 2007 data, supporting the Comparison of Distributor Costs project.

March 20, 2008

The Board issued the final report prepared for Board staff by its consultant, Pacific Economics Group (PEG), entitled "Benchmarking the Costs of Ontario Power Distributors".

The program code that PEG used to compile statistics from distributor data is available to interested parties upon request. The Excel worksheet containing distributor data has also been posted to assist parties to analyze the results of the benchmarking report.

September 12, 2007

The Board posted the presentations made by interested parties at the Technical Consultation for the Comparison of Distributor Costs:

September 7, 2007

The Board released an updated data file in advance of the Technical Consultation. The data file is similar to the one released on November 24, 2006. This spreadsheet incorporates the 2006 financial and statistical information as well as gross capital additions for 2002 to 2006 to support work in evolving the comparative utility analysis methodology.

Newmarket for 2003 and Whitby for 2005 have reclassified non-OM&A items into the proper 2006 EDR grouping. On the Cost per Customer tab of the data file, the utility groupings reflect the recommendations made in the report of Pacific Economics Group on April 27, 2007.

July 4, 2007

The Board has posted comments received from interested parties in response to the Pacific Economics Group report entitled 'Benchmarking the Costs of Ontario Power Distributors'.

April 27, 2007

The Board has issued for comment a report prepared for Board staff by its consultant, Pacific Economics Group, entitled "Benchmarking the Costs of Ontario Power Distributors".

December 13, 2006

Board staff posted the comments from interested parties on purpose and process of the Comparison of Distributor Costs project in response to the November 24, 2006 letter:

November 24, 2006

The Board has issued a letter and spreadsheet explaining the purpose and process of the Comparison of Distributor Costs project to assist the Board in the 2008-2010 rebasing proceedings and in the development of the 3rd generation incentive regulation mechanism