Welcome to the first Shepherd Rubenstein Energy Regulatory Update, a quarterly round-up of important developments in the Ontario energy sector. Below were some of the key regulatory happenings between July and September.

Ontario Energy Board

The OEB’s modernization efforts continue. The OEB:

The OEB also issued some significant decisions. During the past three months it:

It released for comments an OEB Staff Discussion Paper on updating the CDM Guidelines for Electricity Distributors, and a proposal to amend the Distribution System Code to facilitate connection of DERs.

The OEB accepted Assurances of Voluntary Compliance with two different entities regarding operating in the wholesale market without a license, one entity related issuing individual bills to customers with a being a licenses sub-metered, and Enbridge Gas regarding disconnection-related practices,

The Market Surveillance Panel also issued its semi-annual monitoring report.

Independent Electricity System Operator

The IESO issued its first Annual Acquisition Report and its Q3 2021 Reliability Outlook. The Technical Panel approved a number of  administrative changes for the upcoming 2021 capacity auction.

The IESO continues its engagement in several different important areas. This includes:

Work also continues on the implementation phase of the Market Renewal Program. The IESO released for comment draft market rules and manuals related to market power mitigation.

The IESO and the OEB have also jointly through combined use of the Grid Innovation Fund and Innovation Sandbox issued a targeted call for novel and innovative project proposals

With respect to bulk system and regional planning, the IESO released its:  

Legislative and Regulatory

The Government of Ontario has proposed amendments to regulations under the Ontario Energy Board Act. First, it proposed changes to Ontario Regulation 53/05 to include the Darlington Small Modular Reactor project to be a prescribed facility to allow Ontario Power Generation to recover the project’s prudently incurred costs as determined by the OEB. Second, it proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 95/05 to specify that RPP rates would be updated only once a year.

The Government of Ontario also issued Ontario Regulation 679/21 under the Ontario Energy Board Act that provides a framework for Community Net Metering Program, and authorized West Five development in London to be the first demonstration project.

Other News

The municipal shareholders have approved the proposed merger of the parent companies of Energy+ Inc. and Brantford Power Inc. OEB approval is still required.  

Shepherd Rubenstein News

Shepherd Rubenstein has expanded with the addition of associate lawyer Fred Zheng. Fred will be assisting in a wide range of energy regulatory matters.

Both Jay Shepherd and Mark Rubenstein were named in the 2022 edition of ‘Best Lawyers’ for energy regulatory law. Jay was also recognized in the Lexpert Special Edition – Energy.

Things We Are Reading and Listening To

New report from Strategic Policy Economics on Ontario’s future electricity supply issues if we are going to meet climate goals, the Canadian portion of NERL’s North American Renewable Integration Study, FERC’s Advanced Notice on Proposed Rulemaking regarding regional transmission planning, cost allocation, and generator interconnection, and the The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout podcast.

Last week was the first National Day Truth and Reconciliation Day.  Regardless of the day, it is always a good time to reflect and review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

As always, if you have any questions, or think we can be of assistance to you or your organization, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the Shepherd Rubenstein lawyers

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