This consultation focused specifically on the gas supply and transportation planning process undertaken by the gas distributors in order to gain a deeper understanding of the risk/cost tradeoffs being made as they develop their plans.
The distributors presented information about their plans that:
- Outlined their underlying principles
- Highlighted the risk/cost trade-offs being made
- Enabled the OEB and stakeholders to compare and contrast the plans side by side, and understand the basis for those differences
- Increased the understanding of the implications of the plans and distributor actions under various scenarios, in order to demonstrate the cost impact of the plan under those scenarios. Scenarios included but were not limited to the following;
- Lower demand than the planned condition
- Higher demand (both peak-day and over-all system demand) than the planned condition.
- Other significant variant scenarios that fall outside of the normal operating assumptions of the plan.
The issue of whether the existing QRAM process remains appropriate was discussed at the annual Natural Gas Market Review held in January 2016.
On August 12, 2016, the OEB posted a Staff Report to the Board. The Staff Report summarizes the information collected in the course of the consultation, including written comments received from stakeholders.