This consultation will focus 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 will present information about their plans that will;
Outline their underlying principles
Highlight the risk/cost trade-offs being made
Enable the OEB and stakeholders to compare and contrast the plans side by side, and understand the basis for those differences
Increase 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 will include but not be 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.