Ontario Energy Board accepts Assurance of Voluntary Compliance from Chapleau Public Utilities Corporation Inc.

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has accepted an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) from licensed electricity distributor Chapleau Public Utilities Corporation (Chapleau PUC).

Under the terms of this AVC, Chapleau PUC acknowledged that a billing system error resulted in customers across all rate classes being overcharged, will pay an administrative monetary penalty of $1,000 and will provide a credit to its current customers.

An AVC is a binding commitment by a regulated entity to take measures to rectify or prevent non-compliance. Failure to abide by the terms of an AVC can lead to enforcement action being taken by the OEB.

More specifically, under the terms of this AVC, Chapleau PUC will provide a credit to current customers in an amount totalling approximately $33,400, which represents the overcharged amounts for four years. This will be paid through a one-time credit that will appear on customer bills within 90 days of the acceptance of this AVC by the OEB. Chapleau PUC will also provide an explanation to its customers in a form approved by the OEB. The billing system error that gave rise to the overcharging was fixed by Chapleau PUC for bills issued starting in April 2022.

Earlier this year, after a billing issue relating to the proration of certain charges came to the OEB’s attention, the OEB asked all electricity distributors to review their billing systems and advise the OEB if customers were being overcharged as a result of the same issue. Chapleau PUC reviewed its billing system and reported that it had been incorrectly prorating its fixed monthly charges and as a result overcharged its customers.

“All licensed electricity distributors must be rigorous in applying OEB-approved rates and calculating accurate billing amounts for their customers. Billing accuracy is foundational to customer trust and the OEB is assured that Chapleau PUC has fixed this billing system issue. As well, should billing system changes occur in the future, Chapleau PUC will be sure customers are billed correctly and are better protected.”

– Brian Hewson, Vice-President, Consumer Protection & Industry Performance

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