In issuing an electricity transmitter licence to Chatham-Kent
Transmission Inc. (CKT), the Ontario Energy Board made some important comments
that will be of interest to any transmitters seeking to participate
in the Board's upcoming transmitter designation process for the
While the primary purpose of CKT's application was to own
and operate a transmission line that will connect a wind generation
facility within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent to the grid, CKT
also indicated its longer term intention to participate in the
Board's transmitter designation process. A number of
intervenors questioned whether CKT had the financial and technical
capability to qualify for a full transmitter licence and requested
that the licence be limited to the specific facility proposed by
The Board disagreed and granted a full licence to CKT. In doing
so, the Board stated that under the new regime a licence simply
qualifies a new entrant to participate in the designation process
at which time a "much more specific financial and
technical/operational information will be required to meet the
focused demands of specific projects." Because there will be
detailed review of capability at a later stage, the licensing
application is a "threshold qualification step" which is
intended to be "neither unduly onerous nor excessively time
consuming." The Board also made encouraging comments about the
importance of new entrants into the Ontario market, which should
provide comfort that the licensing process will not be used a
barrier to prevent companies located outside of Ontario from
participating in the designation process.
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