Review of Cost Allocation Policy for Unmetered Loads

Case number
EB-2012-0383
Launched
Sector
Electricity
Status
Archived
Details

This initiative follows directly from the Report of the Board in EB-2010-0219, Review of Electricity Distribution Cost Allocation Policy, issued March 31, 2011.  In that report, the Board indicated that the issues related to unmetered loads would be best addressed in the context of a separate consultation process focused on the terminology and modeling methodology for unmetered loads.  Unmetered loads refers to the following load classes: Street Lighting, Unmetered Scattered Load, and Sentinel Lighting.

Updates

Date Issue / Document
June 12, 2015

The OEB has issued a letter outlining a new cost allocation policy for the street lighting rate class, a change to the street lighting revenue to cost ratio policy range, implementation matters, and commentary on distributor load profiles. The OEB has also posted a Report prepared by OEB staff’s consultant, Navigant Consulting Limited (Navigant), which presents Navigant's findings and recommendations with respect to cost allocation to different types of street lighting configurations.

August 21, 2014

The Board has announced a study with respect to cost allocation to different types of street lighting configurations.  This study follows from an issue which the Board deemed required further study, as noted in its Report of the Board in EB-2012-0383.  The Board has engaged Navigant Consulting Limited (“Navigant”) to undertake a study with the following key objectives:

  • examine the utility and municipality assets and the portion of utility assets required to serve the various street lighting system configurations and associated costs;
  • examine the existing methods of cost allocation and assess their appropriateness for application to the various street lighting system configurations;
  • examine and classify the determinants relevant to the allocation of costs to common connection street lighting systems and one-device-per-connection systems; and
  • update the Cost Allocation Model, as required, with respect to the cost allocation to various street lighting system configurations.
  • Letter re: Cost Allocation to Different Types of Street lighting Configurations
December 19, 2013

The Board has issued its Report of the Board on a Review of the Board’s Cost Allocation Policy for Unmetered Loads.

July 2, 2013

The Board has posted further written comments received on the consultant’s report:

June 20, 2013

The Board has posted written comments received on the consultant’s report:

May 17, 2013

The Board has posted a Report prepared by Board staff’s consultant, Elenchus Research Associates, that makes specific recommendations and provides guidance with respect to the issue of Cost Allocation Policy for Unmetered Loads. The report references input from the Unmetered Loads Working Group.

November 15, 2012

Board staff has issued a letter on the selection of the Unmetered Loads Working Group (“ULWG”) members

October 24, 2012

The Board received the following responses to its October 1, 2012 letter:

October 1, 2012

The Board issued a letter to notify all interested parties regarding the initiation of a new consultation process. The letter sets out the Board’s approach and requests expressions of interest to participate in the Unmetered Loads Working Group (ULWG).

  • Letter (inc. Appendix A & B)
    • Appendix A – Cost Awards
    • Appendix B –Objectives, Scope, and Technical Expertise of the Unmetered Loads Working Group (ULWG)

Cost Award Matters

Date Issue / Document
October 14, 2015

The OEB has issued a Notice of Hearing for Cost Awards - Phase 2.

April 30, 2014

The OEB has issued its Decision and Order on Cost Awards.

March 6, 2014

The OEB has issued its Notice of Hearing for Cost Awards.

November 15, 2012

The OEB has issued a Decision on Interventions and Cost Award Eligibility and Order.