On April 1, 2018, amendments to the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 (OEB Act) were proclaimed into force providing the OEB with the authority to regulate the rates charged by unit sub-meter providers (USMPs).
Soon after the Government of Ontario indicated its intention to proclaim those amendments into force, on October 27, 2017, the OEB initiated a consultation to establish the method(s) for regulating USMP charges. However, because that consultation was still in progress when the proclamation was made, the OEB issued an interim order on March 15, 2018. The interim order authorized licensed USMPs to continue to apply, on an interim basis, the charges set out in any agreements with their customers, from April 1, 2018 until new charges were approved.
On April 3, 2019, with the passage of Bill 66, An Act to restore Ontario’s competitiveness by amending or repealing certain Acts, the provisions of the OEB Act establishing the OEB’s rate-making powers in respect of USMPs were repealed. As a result, the consultation was closed.