DSM Mid-Term Review

Case number
EB-2017-0127, EB-2017-0128
Launched
Sector
Natural Gas
Status
Complete
Details

The Minister’s Directive to the OEB to establish a Demand Side Management (DSM) policy framework included a Mid-Term Review to align with the Mid-Term Review of the Conservation First Framework. The OEB’s 2015-2020 DSM Decision on Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.’s (Enbridge) and Union Gas Limited’s (Union) 2015-2020 DSM Plan applications indicated that the Mid-Term Review would assess performance on annual metrics, budget levels, impact on customer rates, and shareholder incentives, as well as allow the OEB to consider the DSM Framework relative to the overall energy conservation landscape. The OEB also outlined a number of studies and reports that Union and Enbridge would be required to submit as part of the Mid-Term Review.

The OEB completed its Mid-Term Review of the 2015-2020 DSM Framework on November 29, 2018. The OEB’s DSM Mid-Term Review Report focused on making only certain necessary updates to the DSM Framework and the natural gas utilities’ DSM plans at this time. The updates help ensure that the natural gas utilities can continue to provide natural gas conservation and energy efficiency opportunities to Ontario customers. 

The Mid-Term Review included the OEB’s assessment of a number of studies and reports submitted by the natural gas utilities in response to requirements from the OEB’s 2015-2020 DSM Decision, a Stakeholder Conference, and consideration of various proposals and requests submitted by the natural gas utilities and other interested stakeholders.

Updates
Updates
Date Issue / Document
November 29, 2018

The OEB has issued its Report of the Ontario Energy Board:  Mid-Term Review of the Demand Side Management (DSM) Framework for Natural Gas Distributors (2015-2020). The Mid-Term Review Report sets out the OEB’s assessment of the natural gas utilities’ performance to date under the 2015-2020 DSM Framework, with a view to ensuring that the DSM Framework continues to be reasonable and contributes to effective natural gas conservation programs for Ontario customers.

September 28, 2018

Interested stakeholders provided written comments related to the Mid-Term Review reports and studies submitted by the natural gas utilities.

September 10, 2018

The OEB held a DSM Mid-Term Stakeholder Meeting on September 6, 2018 and September 7, 2018. The presentations from the Stakeholder Meeting are below. 

January 15, 2018

The gas utilities have submitted the reports and studies outlined in the second requirement of Part 2 of the June 20, 2017 letter.

October 1, 2017

The gas utilities have submitted the reports and studies outlined in the first requirement of Part 2 of the June 20, 2017 letter.

September 1, 2017

In Part 1 of the Mid-Term Review, comments from interested parties on specific issues related to the relationship between DSM and the C&T program were submitted to the OEB.

June 20, 2017

The OEB issued a letter that outlines the consultation process by which the OEB will undertake the Mid-Term Review of the 2015-2020 DSM Framework for Natural Gas Distributors.