Pollution Probe is taking the Ontario Energy Board to court over
demand-side management (DSM) for gas utilities. DSM refers to
programs that utilities use to assist and encourage their customers
to conserve. For example, electric utilities use DSM programs to
encourage customers to use less energy and/or to shift demand away
from peak hours, and include familiar initiatives such as
Peaksaver. Gas and water utilities can also encourage conservation
with DSM programs, which can have significant impact on demand.
Pollution Probe says that DSM currently represent about 2.8% and
4.1 % of the total budgets (Le. the distribution revenues) of
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. ("Enbridge") and
Union Gas Limited ("Union") respectively, which
are Ontario's two main natural gas distributors. Despite
Staff recommendations that this should increase to about 6% of
total budget, an increase over 3 years that Pollution Pro
calculates at $89 million. Instead, the DSM Guidelines Document
"(a) The Board has concluded, however, that
the justification for gas DSM cross subsidies is eroding, and
that expansion of DSM initiatives funded by natural gas
ratepayers is not warranted at this time. [emphasis
(b) "The Board finds it appropriate at this
time to limit the ratepayer funded portion of the natural
gas DSM budgets to their current levels."
In the meantime, the Board is continuing with its review of the
existing DSM framework and the development of new guidelines for
DSM. The Board received 26 stakeholder comments on the March DSM
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