On March 26, 2015, the Minister of Energy announced a proposed support program for low-income electricity consumers in Ontario. At the Minister’s request, (read letter dated April 23, 2014) the OEB provided recommendations on a program design that would offer ongoing, and on-bill, rate assistance and we are pleased that the Minister largely endorsed our plan. Dubbed the Ontario Electricity Support Program, or OESP, it’s one of several programs to help customers with limited financial resources.
The OEB consulted with social service agencies, utilities, low-income advocates, First Nations and Métis communities among others in the design of this new rate program. We also looked at programs in other jurisdictions and then provided our report with recommendations to the Minister(read the Minister’s response letter dated February 17, 2015).