Regional Infrastructure Planning - Proposal to Amend the Ontario Power Authority’s Licence

Case number
EB-2013-0192
Launched
Sector
Electricity
Status
Archived
Details

On October 18, 2012, the Board issued its Report of the Board – A Renewed Regulatory Framework for Electricity Distributors: A Performance Based Approach (the “RRFE Report”). In the RRFE Report, the Board concluded that infrastructure planning on a regional basis is required to ensure that regional issues and requirements are effectively integrated into utility planning processes and indicated that it would establish a process in order to move to a more structured approach to regional infrastructure planning.

The Board convened a stakeholder working group (the “Working Group”) to prepare a report to the Board (the “Working Group Report”) that set out the details of an appropriate regional infrastructure planning process. The Ontario Power Authority was a member of the Working Group. The Report identified that changes to the Board’s regulatory instruments and changes to the licence of the OPA were necessary to support the regional planning process. 

On May 17, 2013, the Board issued proposed code amendments to reflect the obligations of licensed transmitters and licensed distributors in the process.

The Board is commencing a proceeding to consider proposed amendments to the licence of the OPA intended to address the OPA’s obligations in the regional planning process. The issue in this proceeding is whether the proposed licence amendments are appropriate.

Updates

Date Issue / Document
October 21, 2013

The Board issued its Decision which sets out final amendments to the OPA’s Licence (EO-2010-0220) to reflect the OPA’s obligations in the regional planning process as well as the associated timelines to carry out those obligations. The licence amendments implement the Board’s policies set out in its RRFE Report related to regional infrastructure planning and are intended to support the Working Group Report which sets out the details of a more structured regional infrastructure planning process.

July 25, 2013

The OPA provided its reply submission in relation to the proposed licence amendments.

July 24, 2013

The Board has posted intervenor and Board staff's submissions in relation to the Proposal to Amend the Ontario Power Authority’s Licence.

July 15, 2013

The OPA provided its submission in relation to the proposed licence amendments.

June 19, 2013

The Board has issued Procedural Order No. 1.

June 3, 2013

The Board issued a Notice of Proposal to Amend the OPA’s Licence to implement the Board’s policies set out in its RRFE Report related to the establishment of a process in order to move to a more structured approach to regional infrastructure planning.  The proposed licence amendments, set out below, are also intended to support the Working Group Report which sets out the details of a regional infrastructure planning process.