TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Energy Board (the "Board")
announced amendments to the province's electricity Distribution System Code
(the "Code") related to stray voltage as it affects the farm sector.
"Farm stray voltage" refers to voltage or current occurring at a location
on the farm where livestock make contact with it and which may have a negative
effect on livestock.
The Code amendments provide standards and procedures for electricity
distribution utilities to follow, including steps to be taken when responding
to a farm stray voltage complaint.
Today's amendments mark the completion of the Board's Farm Stray Voltage
Consultation, during which farm customers and a range of other farm industry
stakeholders contributed their views and perspective.
The Ontario Energy Board regulates the province's electricity and natural
gas sectors in the public interest. It envisions a viable and efficient energy
sector with informed consumers, and works towards this vision through
regulatory processes that are effective, fair and transparent.
For more information on the Board, please visit our website at
www.oeb.gov.on.ca or contact the Consumer Relations Centre at 416-314-2455 or
toll-free at 1-877-632-2727.
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Farm Stray Voltage
Why the OEB has - On June 22, 2007, the OEB received a Directive
taken action from the Minister of Energy (currently Ministry of
Energy and Infrastructure) that requires the Board
to implement measures the Board considers necessary
to address the issue of stray voltage in the farm
- In response to the Minister's Directive, the OEB
began a consultation process to solicit input from
interested parties regarding stray voltage, its
potential impact on the farm sector and the
identification of potential measures to mitigate
What the Board Amendments to the Distribution System Code will
Approved come into force 90 days from the date they are
published on the Board's website.
- Distributors must investigate farm stray voltage
complaints using qualified people;
- A specified distributor investigation procedure
must be used to determine whether problem levels of
farm stray voltage are present and if so, whether
the distribution system is contributing in excess
of a specified threshold;
- Where a distribution system is found to contribute
to stray voltage on a farm in excess of a specified
threshold, the distributor must take steps to
reduce stray voltage to acceptable levels; and
- Distributors serving livestock farm customers must
prepare and make available a farm stray voltage
"customer response procedure" that sets out the
process for responding to farm stray voltage
inquiries and complaints from customers.
Cost impact - The Board believes that codification of the
proposed distributor investigation procedure will
add somewhat to the cost of distributor farm stray
voltage investigations but that these incremental
costs will be offset by savings related to avoided
re-testing associated with disputed test procedures
and results. Therefore, the Board believes that
distributor costs will not be affected in a
For more - Details on today's announcement are available via
information the Board's website at www.oeb.gov.on.ca. Also, if
you have questions regarding the Amendments, please
contact Stephen Cain at 416-440-8144. The Board's
toll free number is 1-888-632-6273.
For further information:
For further information: Paul Crawford, Ontario Energy Board, (416)