OEB issues code amendments for the Smart Metering Initiative transition period



    TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board (the Board)
issued amendments to the Retail Settlement Code (RSC), the Distribution System
Code (DSC), and the Standard Supply Service Code (SSS) relating to the
implementation of smart meters in Ontario. Codes issued by the Board establish
the responsibilities and obligations of regulated companies.
    The Government of Ontario has committed to install a smart electricity
meter in 800,000 homes and small businesses by 2007 and throughout Ontario by
2010.
    The code amendments clarify the roles and responsibilities of electricity
distribution utilities in relation to the management of smart meter data and
billing processes as they work toward implementing the Province's smart
metering initiative. The amendments will ensure the Board's regulatory
instruments accommodate the Province's smart metering initiative and related
policies and ensure smart metering is implemented on a cost effective basis
during the transition period to full implementation in 2010.
    As a result of the amendments, utilities that have elected to implement
time-of-use (TOU) pricing will have two options: they can either allow
consumers with smart meters to choose TOU pricing; or they can make TOU
pricing mandatory for anyone with a smart meter in their service area. The OEB
is also proposing a new amendment to require utilities to notify their
customers directly (by bill insert or other direct means such as a letter,
other direct mailing or telephone call) about whether TOU pricing will be
provided on a mandatory or voluntary basis.

    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 served by responsive regulatory processes that
are effective, fair and transparent.
    For more information on the Board, please visit our web site at
www.oeb.gov.on.ca or contact the Consumer Relations Centre at 416-314-2455 or
toll-free at 1-877-632-2727.





For further information:

For further information: Vanda Wall, Ontario Energy Board, (416)
440-8149


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