Listed below are the regulatory instruments that govern the energy industry participants, such as codes, guidelines, accounting and reporting and record-keeping requirements:
Sets out general procedures to be followed by parties appearing on matters before the Board.
Ontario Energy Board Rules of Practice and Procedure (pdf) (revised October 28, 2016)
- Tracked revisions to the Rules of Practice and Procedure (pdf) (October 28, 2016)
- Form A: Acknowledgement of Expert's Duty (pdf)
- Letter outlining the April 24, 2014 revisions (pdf) (Apr 24, 2014)
- Letter: Review of the Framework Governing the Participation of Intervenors in Board Proceedings – Completion of First Phase (pdf) (Apr 24, 2014)
Sets out the Board’s rules of practice and procedure for enforcement proceedings.
Rules of Practice & Procedure for Enforcement Proceedings (pdf) (revised April 24, 2014)
Practice Direction on Confidential Filings (pdf) (revised October 28, 2016)
- Tracked revisions to the Practice Direction on Confidential Filings (pdf) (October 28, 2016)
- Form: Certificate of Destruction (pdf)
- Form: Declaration and Undertaking (pdf)
Practice Direction on Settlement Conferences (pdf) (formerly Guidelines) (revised October 28, 2016)
- Letter outlining the October 28, 2016 changes to the Practice Direction on Settlement Conferences (pdf) (October 28, 2016)
- Tracked revisions to the Practice Direction on Settlement Conferences (pdf) (October 28, 2016)
Practice Direction on Cost Awards (pdf) (revised April 24, 2014)
- Letter: New Guidance on Practice Direction on Cost Awards (August 25, 2017)
Revised forms to be used for costs incurred after June 1, 2014:
Previous forms may be used for costs incurred prior to June 2, 2014:
- Form: Cost Claim for Hearings (xls)
- Form. Cost Claim for Consultations (xls)
- Letter regarding the Board's Publication of Cost Awards (pdf) (February 6, 2012)
- Letter to applicants and intervenors in Board proceedings Re: Practice Direction on Cost Awards (pdf) (June 24, 2011)
Review of the Existing Methodology of the Cost of Capital for Ontario’s Regulated Utilities January 14, 2016:
Return on equity (ROE)
Deemed long-term debt rate
Deemed short-term debt rate
Weighted average cost of capital (WACC)*
Letter (issuance date)
|Jan 1, 2017||8.78%||3.72%||1.76%||5.67%||Oct 27, 2016|
|Jan 1, 2016||9.19%||4.54%||1.65%||6.28%||Oct 15, 2015|
|Jan 1, 2015||9.30%||4.77%||2.16%||6.48%||Nov 20, 2014|
|Jan 1, 2014||9.36%||4.88%||2.11%||6.56%||Nov 25, 2013|
|May 1, 2013||8.98%||4.12%||2.07%||5.98%||Feb 14, 2013|
|Jan 1, 2013||8.93%||4.03%||2.08%||5.91%||Nov 15, 2012|
|May 1, 2012||9.12%||4.41%||2.08%||6.20%||Mar 2, 2012|
|Jan 1, 2012||9.42%||5.01%||2.08%||6.66%||Nov 10, 2011|
|May 1, 2011||9.58%||5.32%||2.46%||6.91%||Mar 3, 2011|
|Jan 1, 2011||9.66%||5.48%||2.43%||7.03%||Nov 15, 2010|
|May 1, 2010||9.85%||5.87%||2.07%||7.31%||Feb 24, 2010|
*Assuming a deemed capital structure of 40% equity, 56% long-term debt and 4% short-term debt
The Rate Handbook provides guidance to utilities and stakeholders on applications to the OEB for approval of rates. It outlines the key principles and expectations the OEB will apply when reviewing rate applications.
The Handbook is applicable to all rate regulated utilities, including electricity distributors, electricity transmitters, natural gas utilities and Ontario Power Generation.
- Cover Letter (pdf) (October 13, 2016)
Sets out the standards and conditions for the interaction between gas distributors, transmitters and storage companies and their respective affiliated companies.
Affiliate Relationships Code for Gas Utilities (pdf) (Revised November 25, 2010)
Sets out the minimum standards under which a licensed gas marketer may market natural gas.
Demand Side Management Framework for Natural Gas Distributors (2015-2020)
- Board Letter (pdf) (December 22, 2014)
- Report of the Board: Demand Side Management Framework for Natural Gas Distributors (2015-2020) (pdf) (December 22, 2014)
- Filing Guidelines to the Demand Side Management Framework for Natural Gas Distributors (2015-2020) (pdf) (December 22, 2014)
Sets out the Demand Side Management framework that should be used by natural gas utilities in developing their DSM plans.
Demand Side Management Guidelines for Natural Gas Utilities (pdf) (issued June 30, 2011)
Provides direction to parties applying for facilities approvals before the Board. It includes the planning requirements for locating new facilities, the mitigation required for construction of these projects as well as the process for review and approval of the environmental reports which are produced.
Aug 11, 2016 - The OEB has issued a new edition of its Environmental Guidelines for the Location, Construction and Operation of Hydrocarbon Pipelines and Facilities in Ontario. The Guidelines enhancements ensure that roles and obligations for the Crown’s duty to consult process for intra-provincial hydrocarbon pipelines are better defined. The revisions to the OEB Guidelines streamline and clarify roles and obligations for the Ministry of Energy, the OEB and pipeline proponents.
- Cover Letter (pdf) (August 11, 2016)
Sets out the standards for natural gas utilities to follow when requesting pre-approval of the cost consequences of long-term natural gas supply and/or upstream transportation contracts that support the development of new natural gas infrastructure.
Sets out the standards by which the natural gas utility applications must be developed and filed.
Establishes conditions of access to gas distribution services provided by a gas distributor and sets out rules governing the conduct of gas distributors toward gas vendors, including gas marketers.
Gas Distribution Access Rule (pdf) (as amended January 1, 2017)
Service Agreement (pdf) (as amended December 11, 2007)
The Guidelines provide a common analysis and reporting framework to be applied by regulated gas distribution companies. The Guidelines are part of the Distribution System Expansion Report (E.B.O. 188) (pdf) dated January 30, 1998.
February 18, 2015 - The Board has issued a letter intended to promote the expansion of natural gas to rural and remote communities in order to reduce energy costs and enhance competitive position for businesses.
Each municipality may grant a gas utility the right to deliver gas service and use road allowances or utility easements within its borders. The municipal franchise agreement outlines the specific terms and conditions of the agreement between the municipality and the utility and requires OEB approval.
Gas Franchise Handbook (pdf) published by a joint committee of Gas Company and Municipal Sector Representatives
The purpose of this Rule is to: 1) establish operating requirements to ensure open and non-discriminatory access to transportation services for customers and storage providers, 2) establish reporting requirements for natural gas transmitters, integrated utilities and storage providers and, 3) ensure customer protection within the competitive storage market. The Board made this Rule in accordance with section 44(1) of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.
The Board has developed an application process for electricity distributors to apply for distribution rate adjustments in 2005. The process is described in the Filing Guidelines provided below. The 2005 Rate Adjustment Model (RAM) and the 2005 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILs) Model and documentation for both models are provided below.
Sets out the standards and conditions for the interaction between electricity distributors and transmitters and their respective affiliated companies.
Affiliate Relationships Code for Electricity Distributors and Transmitters (pdf) (revised March 15, 2010)
- NOTE: This amended version of the Affiliate Relationships Code contains numerous amendments made by the Board that were posted on May 16, 2008. Until that time, section 2.3 of the Affiliate Relationships Code as it existed before the May 16, 2008 revisions and the associated definition of “fair market value” will continue to apply. In addition, the amendments to the Affiliate Relationships Code that were issued by the Board on May 16, 2008 do not apply to any Affiliate Contract that was in effect on September 19, 2007 until such time as the initial term of the Affiliate Contract expires. Until that time, the relevant sections of the Affiliate Relationships Code as it existed before the May 16, 2008 revisions will continue to apply to such Affiliate Contracts.
- Read here for information about the amendments to the code issued by the Board on May 16, 2008
- NOTE: Section 2.3 of this version of the Affiliate Relationships Code applies to all affiliate transactions until August 16, 2008. After that time, section 2.3 of the amended Affiliate Relationships Code as issued by the Board on May 16, 2008 apply. Certain provisions of this version of the Affiliate Relationships Code also continue to apply to Affiliate Contracts that were in effect on September 19, 2007 until such time as the initial term of the Affiliate Contract expires. After that time, the relevant sections of the amended Affiliate Relationships Code as issued by the Board on May 16, 2008 apply.
Guidance from the Chief Compliance Officer for Self-Certifying Compliance with the Affiliate Relationships Code for Electricity Distributors and Transmitters:
Sets out comprehensive standards for electronic business transactions to allow electricity retailers and distributors to share customer and billing information efficiently and promote the rapid and accurate settlement of all accounts. EBT standards were developed by a Board advisory committee and working group.
This page contains current documentation. Current and historical documentation, including Implementation Guides and Schemas, can be accessed at the OEB EBT Standards Working Group website at the following link:
Sets out the obligations and requirements that licensed distributors must comply with in relation to the CDM Targets set out in their licences. This Code also sets out the conditions and rules that licensed distributors are required to follow if they choose to use Board-Approved CDM Programs to meet the CDM Targets.
Conservation & Demand Management Code for Electricity Distributors (pdf) (issued Sep 16, 2010)
Provides guidance on certain provisions in the CDM Code and the type of evidence a distributor should file to support an application for Board-Approved CDM programs.
2015 CDM Guidelines
- Guidelines for Electricity Distributor Conservation and Demand Management (EB-2014-0278) (pdf) (Dec 19, 2014)
- Board Letter (pdf) (Dec 19, 2014)
2012 CDM Guidelines
- Guidelines for Electricity Distributor Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) (pdf) (issued Apr 26, 2012)
Sets out the minimum standard under which a retailer must disclose to electricity consumers information relating to system-wide electricity supply mix and the electricity supply mix of electricity products.
- Ontario's System-Wide Electricity Supply Mix: 2016 Data (pdf) (posted Aug 14, 2017)
- Ontario's System-Wide Electricity Supply Mix: 2015 Data (pdf) (posted Jul 21, 2016)
Sets out the minimum obligations that a licensed electricity distributor must meet in carrying out its obligations to distribute electricity within its service area under its licence.
Distribution System Code (pdf) (revised May 18, 2017)
- Appendix A - Conditions of Service (pdf)
- Appendix B - Methodology and Assumptions for An Economic Evaluation (pdf)
- Appendix C - Minimum Inspection Requirements (pdf)
- Appendix D - Information in a Connection Agreement with a Customer (pdf)
- Appendix E - Contracts and Applications for Connecting a Generator to the Local Distribution System & Information in a Connection Agreement for a Large Embedded Generation Facility (pdf)
- Appendix F - Process and Technical Requirements for Connecting Embedded Generation Facilities (pdf)
- Appendix G - Process for Connecting Another Distributor (pdf)
- Appendix H - Farm Stray Voltage Distributor Investigation Procedure (pdf)
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Distribution System Code (pdf)
- Fire Safety Notice (pdf)
- Avis de sécurité-incendie (pdf)
Amendments to the DSC:
25. Amendment in relation to the deletion of section 5.4.1, which required that the form of agreement between a distributor and the Smart Metering Entity or the IESO be approved by the OEB. The amendment came into force on May 18, 2017. More information
24. Amendments in relation to the elimination of load transfer arrangements that came into force on December 21, 2015. More information
23. Amendments to support the implementation of the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) that came into force on October 8, 2015. More information
22. Amendments in relation to billing frequency, the use of estimated billing, and billing accuracy that came into force on April 15, 2015. More information
21. Amendments to implement the Board's policies with respect to unmetered load customers and distributor Conditions of Service came into force on January 1, 2015. More information
20. Amendments to implement the Board’s policies related to requiring distributors to install interval meters for customers with monthly average peak demand during a calendar year of over 50 kW. More information
19. Amendments to implement the Board’s policies related to Regional Infrastructure Planning. More information
18. Amendments to the DSC in relation to the connection process for micro-embedded generation. More information
17. Amendments in relation to connection timelines for large embedded generators. More information
16. Amendments that address customer service issues applicable to all residential customers. More information
Note: The customer service amendments approved on July 2, 2010 came into force in stages on October 1, 2010, January 1, 2011 and April 1, 2011.
15. Amendments that address issues related to the DSC's alternative bid provisions. More information
14. Amendments in relation to distributor-owned generation. More information
13. Amendments in relation to assigning cost responsibility as between a distributor and a generator in relation to the connection of renewable generation facilities to distribution systems. More information
12. September 21, 2009 amendments to the generation connection and capacity allocation process and for account treatment of embedded retail generators.
- More information on the generation connection and capacity allocation process.
- More information on the account treatment of embedded retail generators.
11. Amendments to include the addition of a ‘Farm Stray Voltage Distributor Investigation Procedure’ (Appendix H) and for Customer reclassification and non-payment risk issues.
- More information on Farm Stray Voltage changes.
- More information on customer reclassification and non-payment risk changes.
10. Amendments to extend the time period for geographic distributors to eliminate their long term load transfer arrangements came into force June 10, 2009. More information
9. Amendments to facilitate the connection of smaller size embedded generation facilities, came into force February 12, 2009. More information
8. Amendments with respect to Electricity Service Quality Requirements, in force as of January 1, 2009. More information
7. Amendments with respect to load transfers came into force as of March 12, 2007. More information
6. Amendments to Chapter 3 - Connections and Expansions, in force as of January 23, 2007. More information
5. Please note that there is no change to any of the Distribution System Code or Retail Settlement Code amendments issued by the Board on October 30, 2006.
4. Amendments regarding the connection of new generation to distribution systems. More information
3. Amendments regarding consumer security deposits. More information
2. Amendments regarding maximum cumulative generation from net metered generators that the distributor must allow to be connected and a revised version of the net metering threshold table that accompanied Notice of the net metering amendments to the Distribution System Code (EB-2005-0447).
1. Amendments regarding the treatment of bulk-metered residential condominiums for security deposit purposes. More information (pdf)
Sets out the policies, guidelines and procedures to be used by Ontario electricity distributors in preparing applications for distribution rates. Also included are associated Excel spreadsheets that conform with the methodologies in the Distribution Rate Handbook and that will assist in the preparation and analysis of rate applications.
There are two versions of the Distribution Rate Handbook. The current version is the 2006 DRH to be used in resetting the revenue requirement of an electricity distributor as part of 2006 distribution rate applications.
The prior version of the DRH was used for establishing unbundled distribution rates and for calculating the price cap-based rate adjustment, and was used primarily for distribution rate setting in 2001 and 2002. It contains information pertinent to electricity distribution rate-setting effective to April 30, 2006.
First Generation PBR Electricity Distribution Rate Handbook:
Documents / Updates:
- January 23, 2002 (pdf) - Background document discussing calculation of IPI for 2002
- October 1, 2001 (pdf) - Letter re: revisions to chapter 9
- Spreadsheet for unbundling current electricity rates (xls)
- Spreadsheet for unbundling current electricity rates where there is local generation (xls)
- November 3, 2000 (pdf) - Letter advising of the revision of chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 12
- Errata - June 27, 2000 (pdf)
- Errata - March 20, 2000 (pdf)
Distribution Rate Handbook:
- Cover (pdf)
- Table of Contents (pdf)
- Chapter 1 (pdf) - Introduction
- Chapter 2 (pdf) - Overview of the Electricity Distribution Rate Regulation Framework
- Chapter 3 (pdf) - Establishing Initial Unbundled Rates
- Chapter 4 (pdf) - Initial Unbundled Rates - Calculations
- Chapter 5 (pdf) - Rate Adjustment Mechanism
- Chapter 6 (pdf) - Rate Adjustment - Calculations
- Chapter 7 (pdf) - Service Quality
- Chapter 8 (pdf) - Demand Side management
- Chapter 9 (pdf) - Application of Rates and Charges
- Chapter 10 (pdf) - Standard Supply Service
- Chapter 11 (pdf) - Other Regulated Charges
- Chapter 12 (pdf) - Filing Requirements
- Appendix A (pdf) - Accounting Details for Financial Filing Rates
- Appendix B (pdf) - Sample of Notice
- Appendix C (pdf) - Documentation Rate Unbundling and Design Model
- Appendix D (pdf) - Distribution "Wires Only" Rate Base
- Appendix E (pdf) - Capital Assets - Amortization Rates
- Appendix F (pdf) - Filing of Evidence Check List
- Appendix G (pdf) - Glossary
The Minister of Energy has granted approval for electricity distribution companies to apply to the Board for recovery of Regulatory Assets, effective March 1, 2004. The filing guidelines provide direction for the distributors in filing for these rate changes.
On February 5, 2004, the Board published notice of applications by 92 distribution utilities seeking to recover Regulatory Assets.
The Board has prepared a summary report of Regulatory Asset accounts as provided by the utility in its rate application. The individual application should be referred to for the amount proposed by the utility to be recovered in rates starting April 1, 2004. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, intervening parties should consult applications of interest.
The Board has determined that the Review of Regulatory Assets for Ontario Electricity Distributors would be done in two Phases, Phase 1 was the granting of interim rate recovery on April 1, 2004. Phase 2 is the prudency review of the Regulatory Asset balances. As a first step in Phase 2, the Board reviewed the Regulatory Asset applications of Hydro One, Toronto Hydro, Enersource Hydro Mississauga and London Hydro. In addition to the decisions on the rate recovery amounts for each of these four distributors, the Board also assessed what would constitute the best evidence, forum and process to determine the reasonableness of Regulatory Asset amounts for the remaining distributors.
July 26 -05:
- Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited Final Order (pdf)
- Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited Final Schedule (pdf)
- Hydro One Networks Inc.Final Order (pdf)
- Hydro One Networks Inc. Legacy Schedule (pdf)
- Hydro One Networks Inc. Acquired Schedule (pdf)
- Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited Interim Order (pdf)
- Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited Interim Schedule (pdf)
- Enersource Hydro Mississauga Inc. Final Order (pdf)
- Enersource Hydro Mississauga Inc. Schedule (pdf)
- London Hydro Inc. Final Order (pdf)
- London Hydro Inc. Schedule (pdf)
- Board Order Re: Dec. 20, 2004 Hydro One Filing of Revised Balances as per Decision (pdf)
- Hydro One's Approved Charges to Embedded LDCs as per Dec. 9, 2004 Decision (xls)
Following the Phase 2 prudence review of Regulatory Assets for Hydro One, Toronto Hydro, Enersource Hydro and London Hydro, the Board determined what constitutes the best evidence, forum and process to determine the reasonableness of Regulatory Assets and how these amounts should be recovered from customers, for the remaining distributors. The Filing Guidelines provided below are based on the Board’s Decision. The Regulatory Assets worksheet and accompanying documentation are also provided below. Electric utilities should apply to the Board for their Phase 2 Regulatory Assets review concurrently with their 2006 EDR applications.
- HO1 charges to embeddeds – Jan. 1.04 to Apr. 30.06 – Email to all LDCs - Revised (pdf)
- Hydro One Jan. 2004 to April 2006 – charges to Embedded Distributors (pdf)
Sets out the minimum standards under which a licensed electricity retailer may retail electricity.
Provides guidance to electricity distributors with respect to filing applications for service area amendment and applications under Section 86.(1)(b) of the OEB Act, 1998, for the purpose of eliminating long term load transfer arrangements:
This document provides the filing guidelines for Ontario Power Generation (OPG) regarding the setting of payment amounts for OPG’s prescribed generation assets:
Filing Guidelines for Ontario Power Generation - Setting Payment Amounts for Prescribed Generation Assets (pdf) (revised November 11, 2011)
It is a deemed condition of licence of all distributors that they file, at the time and in the manner mandated by the Board, distribution system plans relating to the connection of renewable generation and the development of a smart grid. With the issuance of the Filing Requirements, distributors are now directed to file distribution system plans pertaining to the connection of renewable generation facilities at the time and in the manner set out in the Filing Requirements.
- Cover Letter (pdf) (May 17-12)
- Cover Letter (pdf) (Mar 25-10)
- More information on the development of these Guidelines
Provides guidance to electricity distributors with respect to filing applications for service area amendment.
On December 20, 2006, the Board issued a letter to electricity transmitters, distributors and interested parties together with a staff proposal on the Filing Requirements for Service Area Amendment Applications. The Board sought comments on the proposed filing requirements by January 17, 2007. Four parties responded. The Board has now finalized the document, which specifies the information required by the Board for these types of applications. In due course, the document will be incorporated as the next chapter (chapter seven) in the "Filing Requirements for Transmission and Distribution Applications", issued on November 14, 2006.
Sets out the standards for transmitters and distributors to follow when filing for rate adjustments, leave to construct approvals, and conservation funding.
Filing Requirements for Electricity Transmission Applications:
- Cover Letter for Chapter 1 and 2 Updates (pdf) (Feb 11-16)
- Cover Letter for Chapter 4 Updates (pdf) (Jul 31-14)
- Chapter 1 - Overview (pdf) (Feb 11-16)
- Chapter 2 - Revenue Requirement Applications (pdf) (Feb 11-16)
- Chapter 4 - Applications under Section 92 of the Ontario Energy Board Act (pdf) (Jul 31-14)
Filing Requirements for Electricity Distribution Rate Applications:
- Cover Letter for Chapters 1, 2 and 3 Updates (Jul 20-17)
- Cover Letter for Chapter 5 Updates (Mar 28-13)
- Chapter 1 - Overview (Jul 20-17)
- Chapter 2 - Cost of Service Rate Applications Based on a Forward Test Year (Jul 20-17)
- Chapter 3 - Incentive Regulation (Jul 20-17)
- Chapter 5 - Consolidated Distribution System Plan Filing Requirements (Mar 28-13)
- 2018 Cost of Service (pdf) (Jul 14-17)
- 2018 Incentive Regulation Models (pdf) (Jul 14-17)
- 2017 Cost of Service (pdf) (Jul 8-16)
- 2017 Incentive Regulation Models (pdf) (Jul 21-16)
- Cover Letter for Chapters 1, 2 and 3 Updates (pdf) (Jul 14-16)
- Filing Requirements for Electricity Distribution Rate Applications - Chapter 1 - Overview (pdf) (Jul 14-16)
- Filing Requirements for Electricity Distribution Rate Applications - Chapter 2 - Cost of Service Rate Applications Based on a Forward Test Year (pdf) (Jul 14-16)
- Filing Requirements for Electricity Distribution Rate Applications - Chapter 3 - Incentive Regulation (pdf) (Jul 14-16)
- Cover Letter for Chapter 1 and 2 Updates (pdf) (Jul 18-14)
- Cover Letter for Chapter 3 Updates (pdf) (Jul 25-14)
- Filing Requirements for Electricity Distribution Rate Applications - Chapter 1 (pdf) (Jul 18-14)
- Filing Requirements for Electricity Distribution Rate Applications - Chapter 2 (pdf) (Jul 18-14)
- Filing Requirements for Electricity Distribution Rate Applications - Chapter 3 (pdf) (Jul 25-14)
- Cover Letter for Filing Requirements Update (pdf) (Jul 17-13)
- Filing Requirements for Electricity Distribution Rate Applications - Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5 (pdf) (Jul 17-13)
- Chapter 5 – Consolidated Distribution System Plan Filing Requirements (pdf) (Mar 28-13)
- Cover Letter for Filing Requirements Update (pdf) (Jun 28-12)
- Filing Requirements for Electricity Transmission and Distribution Applications (pdf) (revised Jun 28-12)
- Cover Letter for Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 Updates (pdf) (May 17-12)
- Update to Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 (pdf) (May 17-12)
- Cover Letter for Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 Updates (pdf) (Jun 22-11)
- Update to Chapter 2 (pdf) (Jun 22-11)
- Update to Chapter 3 (pdf) (Jun 22-11)
- Filing Requirements for Transmission and Distribution Applications (Nov 14-06)
NOTE: For further information on preparing rate applications in light of the transition to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), click here.
Sets out the form for licensed transmitters seeking designation for a transmission project identified in a Notice issued by the Board.
For applications under sections 86(1)(a) and (c) and sections 86(2)(a) and (b) of the OEB Act, please refer to:
- Handbook to Electricity Distributor and Transmitter Consolidations (pdf)
- Cover Letter for Handbook (pdf) (January 19, 2016)
For applications under section 86(1)(b) of the OEB Act, please use:
For notice of proposals under sections 80 and 81 of the OEB Act (generation, transmission and distribution ownership prohibition), please use:
Outlines the OEB's expectations of electricity distributors and unit sub-meter providers (utilities) with respect to the delivery of the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP).
Sets out the dates on which the IESO, Distributors and Participating Retailers must make certain payments relating to the Ontario Price Credit.
Sets out the minimum obligations that an electricity distributor and retailer must meet in determining the financial settlement costs of electricity retailers and consumers in facilitating service transaction requests where a competitive retailer provides service to a consumer.
- Retail Settlement Code (pdf) (revised January 1, 2017)
- Appendix C - Service Agreement (doc)
- Self-Certification Statement 2 (pdf)
- Letter (pdf) confirming its October 11, 2006 determination that the current provisions of the Retail Settlement Code (RSC) in relation to load customers and the amendments to the RSC contained in the Board's Notice of Amendments to the Distribution System Code and the RSC issued on October 31, 2006 are appropriate.
Dec. 15, 2011 - The Board issued Guideline G-2011-0001: Smart Meter Funding and Cost Recovery – Final Disposition. This guideline replaces Guideline G-2008-0002: Smart Meter Funding and Cost Recovery issued October 22, 2008.
Guideline G-2011-0001 contains information to assist electricity distributors to make applications seeking approval and disposition of smart meter costs as smart meter deployment and TOU price implementation are completed or nearly completed. The Board also issued an associated Smart Meter Model which corresponds to Guideline G-2011-0001 and previously communicated accounting guidance for smart meter cost accounting and recovery.
- Cover Letter (pdf) (Oct 22-08)
Sets out the rules that govern the conduct of Ontario electricity distributors in the provision of electricity to consumers connected to their distribution system.
Standard Supply Service Code (pdf) (revised March 15, 2017)
Sets out the minimum standards that an electricity transmitter must meet in designing, constructing, managing and operating its transmission system. The code also sets out the requirements, standards, terms and conditions of a transmitter’s obligations to connect consumers to the transmission system, including performance standards, technical requirements and expansions and connections.
Transmission System Code (pdf) (revised August 26, 2013)
- Appendix 1, Version A (load customers) (pdf)
- Appendix 1, Version B (generator customers) (pdf)
- Appendix 2 - Transmission system connection point performance standards (pdf)
- Appendix 3 - Information to be made available to customers by transmitters (pdf)
- Appendix 4 - Customer financial risk classification (pdf)
- Appendix 5 - Methodology and assumptions for economic evaluations (pdf)
Amendments to the Transmission System Code
For more information about the July 25, 2005 changes to the Transmission System Code click here.
For more information about the October 20, 2009 changes to the Transmission System Code click here.
For more information about the June 10, 2010 changes to the Transmission System Code click here.
For more information about the August 26, 2013 changes to the Transmission System Code click here.
Sets out the minimum conditions and standards that a licensed unit sub-metering provider must meet when providing unit sub-metering services on behalf of a master consumer.
Unit Sub-Metering Code (pdf) (revised October 8, 2015)
Accounting procedures for natural gas and electricity
Accounting Procedures Handbook
The Accounting Procedures Handbook, including Chapter II, the Uniform System of Accounts, was approved by the Board on November 10, 1999. The Handbook provides guidance to electricity distribution utilities on accounting procedures and requirements as well as setting out a uniform accounting system.
In addition, the OEB has posted a separate document that contains a list of generic accounts that have been opened since the last update of the APH (issued December 2011). This document will be updated at regulator intervals upon the establishment of new accounts or changes to existing accounts.
Accounts Opened Since the APH Update Issued December 2011 (pdf) (March 31, 2015)
Accounting Procedures Handbook for Electricity Distributors (pdf) (Effective January 1, 2012)
- Cover letter (pdf) (March 28, 2012)
NOTE: Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) January 1, 2012 (with comparitive figures for 2010) raises certain regulatory accounting issues. These are discussed here.
Letters on the Accounting Procedures Handbook:
- Updated Guidance on LRAM Variance Account 1568 – New Sub-Account 1568-0001 LRAMVA Demand Response (July 18, 2017) (pdf)
- Guidance on the Disposition of Accounts 1588 and 1589 (May 23, 2017) (pdf)
- Guidance on Wholesale Market Services Accounting for Capacity Based Demand Response (CBDR) and new IESO Charge Type 9920 (Mar 29, 2016) (pdf)
- New Charge Types for Recording in Account 4708 (Jun 4, 2015) (pdf)
- Accounting policy changes for Accounts 1575 and 1576 effective in the 2014 cost of service rate applications and subsequent rate years (Jun 25, 2013) (pdf)
- Regulatory accounting policy direction regarding changes to depreciation expense and capitalization policies in 2012 and 2013 under Canadian GAAP (Jul 17, 2012) (pdf)
- Variance Account 1521 and related accounts 4324 and 5681re: “Special Purpose Charge” Assessment (Apr 23, 2010) (pdf)
- 4708 account re IESO charge type classifications for reactive support and voltage control (Dec 23, 2008) (pdf)
- Stranded Meter Costs Related to the Installation of Smart Meters (Jan 16, 2007) (pdf)
- Accounts for Smart Meters and Low Voltage Charges (Jun 13, 2006) (pdf)
- 4708 account re IESO charge type classifications for Day-Ahead Commitment Process (Jun 1, 2006) (pdf)
- 1508 Sub-account re interest rate for pension contributions in 2005 (Feb 20, 2006) (pdf)
- 4708 and 4712 accounts re IESO charge type reclassifications (Dec 2, 2005) (pdf)
- 1508 and 1588 Sub-accounts (Feb 15, 2005) (pdf)
- 1508 Sub-account (Dec 20, 2004) (pdf)
- Account 1565 (Oct 29, 2004) (pdf)
Accounting Procedures Handbook - Guidance
From time to time the OEB issues accounting guidance that addresses various matters associated with the APH. To date, this guidance has been labeled as Frequently Asked Questions. As of March 2015, this guidance has been renamed as simply “Guidance” as it may contain clarifications of accounting matters that may arise from other sources other than frequently asked questions.
In addition, the OEB has posted a separate document that contains a list of generic accounts that have been opened since the last update of the APH (pdf) (issued December 2011). This document will be updated at regulator intervals upon the establishment of new accounts or changes to existing accounts.
Other Accounting Guidance related Letters
The OEB has issued a letter containing guidance to licensed distributors, unit sub-meter providers, retailers and other interested parties on the implementation of the Fair Hydro Act, 2017.
The OEB has issued a letter providing direction to licensees regarding implementation issues related to the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act (2016).
IFRS Related Consultation and Guidance
Note: view the IFRS consultation webpage for more information.
The OEB issued a letter providing guidance for all electricity utilities regarding the impact of the decision by the Canadian Accounting Standards Board (the “AcSB”) to defer the mandatory changeover to International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) to January 1, 2013.
The OEB issued an Addendum to Report of the Board: Implementing International Financial Reporting Standards in an Incentive Rate Mechanism Environment. The Addendum sets out regulatory policy for the transition to IFRS for utility rates rebased using a cost of service methodology and subsequently set using an incentive rate-setting mechanism.
The OEB posted a staff Discussion Paper on the Transition to IFRS – Implementation in an IRM Environment.
The OEB issued a letter further amending Section 9.1.2 of its Report on Transition to IFRS (originally issued Jul-28-09) to advise electricity distributors regarding the use of IFRS in filing cost of service applications for rates for 2012.
The OEB issued an amendment to its Report on Transition to IFRS (originally issued Jul 28-09) to reflect the Canadian Accounting Standards Board pronouncement allowing the option to delay transition to IFRS to January 1, 2012.
The Board has issued a depreciation study prepared by Kinectrics Inc. to assist electricity distributors in Ontario in their transition to International Financial Reporting Standards.
The OEB issued the draft report of Kinectrics Inc., Asset Amortization Study for the Ontario Energy Board, in relation to electricity distributors for comment to assist Kinectrics Inc. in finalizing their report.
The OEB issued a letter clarifying “Accounting for Overhead Costs Associated with Capital Work” to assist utilities with their transition to IFRS.
The OEB issued its report on Transition to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in recognition of the fact that Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles will transition to IFRS applicable to most utilities regulated by the Board effective January 1, 2011
Accounting Procedures Handbook - frequently asked questions:
- July 2012 (pdf)
- December 2010 (pdf)
- October 2009 (pdf)
- August 2008 (pdf)
- July 2007 (pdf)
- December 2005 (pdf)
- April 2004 (pdf)
- December 2003 (pdf)
- April 2003 (pdf)
- April 2002 (pdf)
- December 2001 (pdf)
- February 2001 (pdf)
- June 2000 (pdf)
- March 2000 (pdf)
- Guidelines for Regulatory and Accounting Treatments for Distributor-Owned Generation Facilities (G-2009-0300) (pdf) (Issued September 15, 2009)
- Cover Letter (pdf) (Issued September 15, 2009)
Sets out the latest changes in accounting and regulatory practices and terminology. This USOA has been refined to accommodate the deregulated natural gas environment, as well as regulated and non-regulated activities of gas utilities.
- Guidelines: Regulatory and Accounting Treatments for Natural Gas Utility-Owned Qualifying Facilities or Assets (G-2010-0030) (pdf) (Issued February 25, 2010)
- Cover Letter (pdf) (Issued February 25, 2010)
Nov 28, 2006 — the Board approved a methodology to prescribe interest rates for regulatory accounts under the Uniform System of Accounts for natural gas utilities and electricity LDCs. These prescribed interest rates also apply to the accounts of other rate-regulated entities if approved by the Board.
Reporting & record keeping
Information related to the electricity and natural gas reporting & record keeping requirements can be found under the RRR section of our website.