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 Mid-Term Review also includes a limited review of the DSM Framework in the context of Ontario’s Cap and Trade program.
The OEB is undertaking the Mid-Term Review in two parts. In the first part, interested parties were asked to comment on two issues related to the relationship between DSM and the C&T program. The second part requires Union and Enbridge to submit the studies and reports set out in the DSM Decision.