Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd.

Current applications before the Board

Title: Dispostion of Accounts 1588 and 1589

Case number: EB-2023-0109

Type: Rates

Filed: March 27, 2023

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is holding a hearing to determine a request by Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. (Newmarket-Tay Power) for approval to dispose balances in Account 1588 – RSVA Power and Account 1589 – RSVA Global Adjustment.

The request for disposition of these two accounts was originally made by Newmarket-Tay Power in the context of the utility’s 2023 incentive rate-setting mechanism (IRM) proceeding.1 During the course of that proceeding, Newmarket-Tay Power was advised of the OEB’s concerns that the disposition of Accounts 1588 and 1589 could possibly give rise to retroactive rate-making. On March 14, 2023, (Newmarket-Tay Power) filed an updated request with the OEB seeking approval to dispose of the Account 1588 and Account 189 balances effective May 1, 2023.

On March 23, 2023, the OEB issued its Decision and Order in the utility’s 2023 IRM proceeding (IRM Decision) by Delegated Authority, without holding a hearing, pursuant to section 6(4) of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998. Therein, the OEB approved Newmarket-Tay Power’s IRM application for electricity distribution rates effective January 1, 2023, except for the aspect of the application that sought approval to dispose balances in Account 1588 and Account 1589. The OEB confirmed that the utility’s request for disposition of Account 1588 and Account 1589 balances would need to be heard by the OEB in a separate proceeding, given the possibility that disposition could give rise to retroactive rate-making.

The OEB will now hold a public hearing to consider Newmarket-Tay Power’s request for approval to dispose Account 1588 and Account 1589 balances. The hearing will adopt the record of Newmarket-Tay Power’s 2023 IRM proceeding.

During the hearing, we will question Newmarket-Tay Power on its case and consider questions and arguments from intervenors and OEB staff. At the end of the hearing, the OEB will decide whether to approve Newmarket-Tay Power’s request.

If you would like to request intervenor status for this application, you can do so by completing the Intervenor Form.

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Contact this Utility:

590 Steven Court
Newmarket ON L3Y 6Z2
Number of customers
94 sq. km
Total size of service area
1,024 km
Total km of electricity line

The electricity utility scorecards measure how well Ontario's electricity utilities are performing each year. It is designed to encourage utilities to operate effectively, continually seek ways to improve productivity and focus on improvements that their customers value. Utilities report their scorecard performance results annually, and make the results available to the public. 

The scorecard can be used as a tool for consumers to assess for themselves the value of the service received from their electricity utility. For example: 

  • When service appointments are booked with my utility, how often did they show up on time?
  • How often did my power go out, and how long did the utility take to fix the problem and restore power? 
  • How successful is my utility at issuing accurate bills? 
  • Did my utility answer phone calls from customers in a timely way?

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New residential/small business services connected on time
96.28% (2021)

The utility must connect new service for the customer within five business days, 90 % of the time, unless the customer agrees to a later date. This timeline depends on the customer meeting specific requirements ahead of time (such as no electrical safety concerns in the building, customer's payment information complete, etc.)

Target met
OEB Target = 90%
2013 100%
2014 100%
2015 100%
2016 100%
2017 99.77%
2018 100%
2019 100%
2020 98.12%
2021 96.28%

Scheduled appointments met on time
98.71% (2021)

For appointments during the utility's regular business hours, the utility must offer a window of time that is not more than four hours long, and must arrive within  that window, 90 % of the time. 

Target met
OEB Target = 90%
2013 94.9%
2014 96.5%
2015 98%
2016 99.8%
2017 99.91%
2018 99.99%
2019 99.9%
2020 98.87%
2021 98.71%

Telephone calls answered on time
54.76% (2021)

During regular call centre hours, the utility's call centre staff must answer within 30 seconds of receiving the call directly or having the call transferred to them, 65 % of the time

Target not met
OEB Target = 65%
2013 83.6%
2014 84.9%
2015 84%
2016 81.8%
2017 76.64%
2018 70.86%
2019 68.58%
2020 73.64%
2021 54.76%

Billing accuracy
99.73% (2021)

An important part of business is ensuring that customer's bills are accurate. The utility must report on its success at issuing accurate bills to its customers.

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Target met
OEB Target = 98%
2014 99.98%
2015 99.98%
2016 99.99%
2017 99.95%
2018 100%
2019 80%
2020 99.94%
2021 99.73%

0.16 (2021)

This metric measures the number of complaints the Ontario Energy Board received from customers about matters within our authority. Complaints made directly to the utility are not reported here. We measure this per 1000 customers so utilities that serve much larger or smaller populations can be compared against each other. 

Year Complaints per 1000 customers Total number of complaints
2013 0.09 3
2014 0.11 4
2015 0.11 4
2016 0.14 5
2017 0.14 5
2018 0.07 3
2019 0.07 3
2020 0.02 1
2021 0.16 7

Average number of hours power to a customer was interrupted
0.629215h (2021)

An important feature of a reliable distribution system is recovering from power outages as quickly as possible. The utility must track the average length of time, in hours, that its customers have experienced a power outage over the past year. 

2013 0.78h
2014 0.68h
2015 0.58h
2016 0.418043h
2017 0.416231h
2018 0.660872h
2019 0.782434h
2020 0.97634h
2021 0.629215h

Average number of times power to a customer was interrupted
0.526129 (2021)

Another important feature of a reliable distribution system is reducing the frequency of  power outages. Utilities must also track the number of times their customers experienced a power outage during the past year.

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2013 0.54
2014 0.79
2015 0.67
2016 0.571915
2017 0.538418
2018 0.783939
2019 0.703879
2020 0.525537
2021 0.526129

Efficiency rating
2 (2021)

The utility must manage its costs successfully in order to help assure its customers they are receiving value for the cost of the service they receive. Utilities' total costs are evaluated to produce a single efficiency ranking. This is divided into five groups based on how big the difference is between each utility's actual and predicted costs. Distributors whose actual costs are lower than their predicted costs are considered more efficient.

  • 1 = Actual costs are 25% or more below predicted costs
  • 2 = Actual costs are 10% to 25% below predicted costs
  • 3 = Actual costs are within +/- 10% of predicted costs
  • 4 = Actual costs are 10% to 25% above predicted costs
  • 5 = Actual costs are 25% or more above predicted costs
2013 2
2014 2
2015 2
2016 2
2017 2
2018 2
2019 3
2020 2
2021 2

Cost per customer
$649 (2021)

A simple measure that can be used as a comparison with other utilities is the utility's total cost per customer. 

Total cost is a sum of all the costs incurred by the utility to provide service to its customers. The amount is then divided by the utility's total number of customers. This amount does not represent how much customers pay for their utility services.

More information about Cost per Customer

2013 $543
2014 $566
2015 $579
2016 $600
2017 $621
2018 $657
2019 $678
2020 $644
2021 $649