The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) recently released its 2015-2018 Business Plan. This document
provides some indications as to where the OEB plans to focus its
attention over the coming years. Among other things, it is clear
that the OEB will take steps to encourage utility consolidation and
to update rate policies to reward utilities that make efficient
infrastructure decisions and investments.
Enabling access to competitive energy choices; and
Enhancing regulatory effectiveness
The OEB has indicated that it will pursue a range of existing
and new initiatives in relation to each objective. Among the
interesting initiatives noted by the OEB are the following:
Undertaking the second phase of the review of the role of
intervenors in OEB proceedings (previously discussed
here) and seeking opportunities to further improve the
efficiency and effectiveness of the adjudicative process.
Undertaking a review of OEB policies and practices to
facilitate the completion of transactions (such as mergers) that
can bring benefits to consumers and support the evolution of the
energy sector, while protecting consumer interests.
Reviewing rate setting policies related to infrastructure
planning with a view to providing incentives for optimal decision
Completing a review of the evolution of Ontario's energy
services market to look at emerging trends and to address any
regulatory barriers that limit the ability of energy storage and
other energy services to compete in Ontario.
Each of these initiatives is planned to be underway by 2016 and
will continue into 2017.
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