OEB issues rate order on 2009 electricity distribution rates for Centre Wellington Hydro Ltd.



    TORONTO, May 29 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board (the Board) issued
a Rate Order to reflect its Decision on 2009 electricity distribution rates
for Centre Wellington Hydro Ltd. (Centre Wellington). The new rates are
effective May 1, 2009, but will not be implemented until July 1, 2009.
    As a result of this Rate Order there is no appreciable change in the
distribution cost for Centre Wellington's residential customers. The delivery
portion of the bill accounts for about one-fourth of the total bill.
    Centre Wellington requested a revenue requirement of $2,749,467 for the
2009 rate year. As a result of the Board Decision, Centre Wellington will
recover a revenue requirement of $ 2,730,924.
    In its Decision, the Board accepted Centre Wellington's proposals which
included:

    
    -   A 60% increase in capital expenditures compared to 2007 and 2008.
        This increase is essentially due to transformer purchases of $306,000
        which are approximately 40% of the 2009 capital expenditures
    -   Its smart meter plan, with installation of all smart meters by
        December 2009.
    

    In addition, the Board authorized clearance of a $1,114,253 credit
balance in deferral and variance accounts which will be credited to rate
payers over a period of four years, starting May 1, 2009.
    A table of the estimated bill impacts on residential consumers is
available on the Board's website at
    http://www.oeb.gov.on.ca/OEB/_Documents/2009EDR/bill_impacts_2009.pdf.
    For more information please refer to the 2009 Electricity Distribution
Rates Backgrounder on the Board's website site at
http://www.oeb.gov.on.ca/OEB/_Documents/Press+Releases/bckgrndr_edr.pdf.

    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 toward this vision through regulation
that is 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.

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For further information:

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


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