Options for an Appropriate Rate Assistance Program for On-Reserve First Nations Electricity Consumers

Case number
EB-2016-0274
Launched
Sector
Electricity
Status
Active
Details

On June 27, 2016, the Minister of Energy asked the OEB to examine and provide advice on options for an appropriate electricity rate (or rate assistance) for on-reserve First Nations electricity consumers (“First Nations Rate”).

As the Minister’s letter points out, First Nations leaders have been advocating for the need to review delivery charges associated with transmission and distribution assets to provide electricity rate relief for on-reserve customers. The Minister’s letter included a request that the OEB undertake outreach and engagement with First Nations communities to ensure that an understanding of the unique electricity issues facing their community members informed the OEB’s efforts on this initiative.

In order to advise on options for a First Nations Rate, the Minister asked the OEB to:

  • Identify eligible on-reserve First Nations consumers, including those who may live on reserves not connected to the IESO grid and those served by power systems not regulated by the Board;
  • Consider impacts on existing electricity consumers, as well as distribution and transmission utilities and other stakeholders;
  • Consider program funding and administration;
  • Consider interactions with existing programs such as the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP); and
  • Report back to the Minister by January 1, 2017.

Updates

Date Issue / Document
March 2, 2017

The Premier announced Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan. The announcement included a proposal to remove the delivery charge for all on-reserve First Nations residential customers and remove the monthly service charge for customers of licensed distributors which charge a bundled rate.

December 29, 2016

The OEB provided its Report to the Minister.

December 2, 2016

The OEB has posted written comments from distributors serving on-reserve First Nations customers related to feasibility considerations for a First Nations Rate

June 27, 2016

Letter from the Minister requiring the OEB to report on an appropriate electricity rate (or rate assistance) for on-reserve First Nations electricity consumers.