In late February 2016, the Standing Committee on General
Government heard submissions on Bill 135 from a variety of interested parties
(see here and here). A key theme in many of the
presentations was concern about moving responsibility for
electricity system planning from the IESO to Government, and
reducing/eliminating the opportunities for OEB review and approval
of energy planning. On March 1, 2016, Bill 135 was referred back to the Legislature,
without amendment, for third reading. It can be expected,
therefore, that the legislation will be passed in the coming weeks
or months. As developments occur,
EnergyInsider will report further on the progress of Bill 135.
In a sign that it's preparing for the passage and
implementation of Bill 135, the Ministry of Energy recently
posted a Regulation Proposal to implement an Energy and
Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) regulatory requirement for
large buildings. As stated in that proposal, the plan is to
implement an EWRB initiative for commercial, multi-unit residential
and some industrial buildings that are 50,000 square feet and
above. Among the key aspects of the plan are that:
Building/property owners would be required to report energy and
water consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other
building characteristic information to the Ministry of Energy on an
The Ministry of Energy would disclose some of this information
publicly and develop reports summarizing key findings.
A variety of building types would be exempt from the reporting
requirement, including manufacturing, farm and agriculture
facilities. We have confirmed that the reporting requirements
set out in the Regulation Proposal will be phased in, with a
first reporting date of July 1, 2017 (for 2016 data) to apply to
buildings of more than 250,000 square feet, with smaller buildings
to be subject to reporting requirements over the following two
years. Interested parties are invited to submit comments on
the Regulation Proposal by April 10, 2016.
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