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Ontario Electricity: A Proposal to Expand Global Adjustment Class A

May 2014

A proposal to change the eligibility threshold for Global Adjustment Class A was put on hold by the calling of a provincial election. Aegent believes the change will occur eventually and newly-eligible customers should begin preparations now. Read more >>

Latest LTEP Can't Stop Electricity Cost Freight Train

December 2013

The new Long Term Energy Plan for Ontario talks about projected cost increases being lower than in the 2010 plan. But future cost increases on electricity bills are the result of contract terms that have already been set, and so on those costs, "the train has left the station". Read more >>

Uncertainty Surrounding TransCanada Continues

October 2013

Certain anticipated impacts of the NEB's decision on tolls and services for TransCanada have been borne out by activity in the gas market. Other developments highlight that the market is still in a state of flux and so end-users need to be vigilant in their contracting decisions. Read more >>

Green Energy Act Conservation Plan, Ontario Regulation 397/11: A Rare Government Gift

September 2013

The conservation plan required by Ontario Regulation 397/11 is a rare opportunity to align people's motivations and management practices to achieve savings on a portfolio level that most have only dreamed of. Read more >>

TransCanada Decision Will Have Major Impact on Eastern Gas Commodity Market

June 2013

The NEB's decision to allow TransCanada discretion in the pricing of short-term services will affect the eastern Canadian gas commodity market by making it harder and less profitable for marketers to get gas to key trading points. In this new reality, it will be essential for gas buyers to have a portfolio of suppliers. Read more >>

IESO Stakeholder Engagement on Global Adjustment: An Update

June 2013

The IESO released a first draft report as part of its review of the Global Adjustment mechanism in which it assesses the impact of changes in GA cost allocation. The potential exists for the expansion of eligibility for Class A GA treatment. Read more >>

NEB's TransCanada Decision Will Have Broad Impacts for End Users

April 2013

The NEB's recent decision on TransCanada's tolls and tariff will likely have broad impacts on how end users contract for and use transportation services on the TransCanada mainline. They will need to re-examine their transportation arrangements in order to re-optimize their portfolio. Read more >>

Managing Rising Electricity Costs with Load Displacement Generation

April 2013

Given the current regulatory framework in Ontario and market conditions, certain load displacement generation projects are economically feasible even without the Clean Energy Standard Offer Program. Read more >>

Carbon Pricing and Its Impact on Electricity Prices

April 2013

Carbon pricing has been in the news of late. If and when Ontario gets around to having a carbon price, it raises the question as to how electricity prices might be affected. Read more >>

Setting Rates for Electricity Distributors: The Basics

March 2013

One of the main concerns expressed in response to the recommendation of the Distribution Sector Review Panel to consolidate electricity utilities into regional distributors was that it would open the door for privatization, which would drive up rates to consumers. Given the regulatory framework for distributors, this concern is unfounded. Read more >>