Ontario Electricity Regulation Crisis Report Part 105: Law-breaking Reorg at OEB

Last night at the close of business, the Ontario Energy Board publicly announced a reorganization of the Board’s administrative functions. The public announcement includes this statement — “the Chief Operating Officer to become Executive Advisor to the Chair & CEO”. This brief comment hints at a simultaneous, but undisclosed, reorganization of the Board’s decision making …

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Ontario Electricity Regulation Crisis Report – Part 56: More Behind Closed Doors OEB Appointments

In a return to the historic practice of appointing OEB members without any transparent review process, the McGuinty government has appointed two new part-time Board Members, effective February 1, 2013, each for a two-year term. Public notice of these appointments was after their effective date. The new appointees, with their official bios are:

Ontario Electricity System Operational Update #6: Deteriorating Reliability

Preface: As part of this site’s series addressing some of the challenges underlying Ontario’s electricity system operations, here is a report on delivery reliability. Data reported by the Ontario Energy Board for the period 2005-2011 indicates a declining trend in power delivery reliability for Ontario’s urban consumers. These results indicate problems with the smart meter …

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Ontario Electricity Regulation Crisis Report – Part 51: OEB Needs New Rules for Conflict of Interest

My thesis at the outset of this series, has been that Toronto Hydro — a poorly performing, high cost utility — is controlled by a CEO seeking to exploit leadership weakness at the Ontario Energy Board in an effort to move the utility toward becoming a deregulated monopoly. Developments at an Ontario Energy Association breakfast …

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Ontario Electricity Regulation Crisis Report – Part 49: Utility/Regulator Rotating Door

Last week, Toronto Hydro issued an internal memo to employees announcing the appointment of long-time Ontario Energy Board member Paul Sommerville as the utility’s new Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel effective September 10, 2012. This latest appointment reflects a continuation of the rotating door trend initiated by the appointment of Rosemarie Leclair who …

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Ontario Electricity Regulation Crisis Report – Part 43: Ontario Needs Full-Time Energy Regulators

The Ontario Energy Board has a number of appointments to the Board coming up. It is critically important to the long-term interests of both energy consumers and regulated energy companies that the Ontario government fill the position of the second Vice Chair, a position that the government has negligently left vacant for almost 18 months. The …

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Ontario Electricity Regulation Crisis Report – Part 42: More Evidence of Bias from Ontario Energy Board Chair

The Ontario Energy Board’s chair, Rosemarie Leclair, presented a speech to the annual meeting of the Electrical Distributors Association on March 26, 2012. Her comments amplify concerns I have previously raised about Ms. Leclair’s apparent bias against consumers.