The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has announced that it plans to
issue a new comprehensive "Consumer Engagement and
Representation Framework" in the Fall of 2016. This
announcement came as part of OEB Chair Rosemarie Leclair's February 29, 2016 speech to the Electricity
Distributors Association (EDA) Annual General Meeting.
According to the OEB Chair, the Consumer Engagement and
Representation Framework will make the OEB's adjudicative
process more accessible and comprehensible and less intimidating to
customers. What this means in practical terms is not yet clear. It
is anticipated, though, that the new framework may have significant
implications for the role of consumer group intervenors in future
As we discussed in an earlier
post, the OEB launched a public review process in April 2015
to consider whether it should adopt a different model regarding the
representation of consumer interests in OEB proceedings. In its
initial letter on this topic, the OEB indicated that
it would shortly provide further details on the process steps and
timing for the review, and that the review would be completed by
Fall 2015. Since that time, there has been no further direction or
information from the OEB about the intervenor participation review.
In light of the OEB Chair's February 29, 2016 speech, it seems fair to
conclude that the OEB has now decided not to complete that public
review process before creating a new intervenor participation
framework. Perhaps the reason for this change in approach comes
from the addition to the OEB Act that was included in Bill 112 that requires the OEB to
"establish one or more processes by which the interests of
consumers may be represented in proceedings before the Board,
through advocacy and through any other modes of representation
provided for by the Board (the content and implications of Bill 112 were discussed in an earlier
EnergyInsider will report further as details of
the new "Consumer Engagement and Representation
Framework" are announced.
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