OEB Seeks Comment on Issues in Review of OPA's IPSP Application



    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - The Ontario Energy Board is seeking comment on
the issues which are proposed to be heard in the review of the Ontario Power
Authority's (OPA) Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP). The IPSP notice
published by the OPA today at the Board's direction also includes information
about how the public will be able to participate in the first of two phases in
the Board's review of the OPA's application.
    In phase 1, the Board will develop an issues list for its review of the
IPSP and procurement processes, to determine which issues will be addressed at
the subsequent hearing in phase 2. Parties wishing to comment on the proposed
issues list must provide their comments in writing to the Board within 30 days
of the last date of publication of the notice. The Board will hear oral
submissions on the issues at a later date in phase 1 of its review of the
application.
    When the Board receives an application, it directs the applicant to
publish notice of the application and provide public access to the application
and supporting documents. The Board has directed the OPA to publish a notice
for phase 1. The notice will appear in newspapers throughout the province
starting today. In addition, the OPA will serve a copy of the notice, the
application, the evidence and any amendments, in addition to the proposed
issues list, on the Band office of all of the First Nations in the province.
    The proposed OPA issues list, the IPSP application and the procurement
processes application, are available for public viewing:

    
    -   on the OPA's website www.powerauthority.on.ca

    -   on the Board's website www.oeb.gov.on.ca

    -   at the OPA's head office;

    -   at the Board's office; and

    -   at County, Regional and District Municipal offices throughout
        Ontario.
    

    More information on where to see the material is available from the OPA
at 1-800-722-0679.
    In phase 2 of the IPSP and procurement processes review, the evidence
filed by the OPA and any other parties will be reviewed. A notice will be
published with respect to phase 2, providing details on how to participate in
that phase of the proceeding.
    Under the Electricity Act, 1998, the OPA is responsible for developing
both an integrated power system plan for Ontario and appropriate procurement
processes for managing electricity supply, capacity and demand in accordance
with that plan. Under the same law, the OPA's IPSP and procurement processes
must be filed with the Board for approval.

    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 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.


    
    Attachment: Notice of Application for Approval of the Integrated Power
    System Plan and Procurement Processes
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    The Ontario Power Authority (the "OPA") has filed an application with the
Ontario Energy Board dated August 29, 2007 under the Electricity Act, 1998,
S.O. 1998, c. 15, Sched. A (the "Act"). The applicant is seeking an order of
the Board approving the Integrated Power System Plan (the "IPSP") and certain
procurement processes. The Board has assigned file number EB-2007-0707 to this
application.
    The IPSP is a plan for the management of Ontario's electricity system. It
identifies the electricity conservation, generation and transmission
investments that the OPA proposes for the adequacy and reliability of
electricity supply and demand management in Ontario. The procurement processes
are designed to manage electricity supply, capacity and demand in accordance
with the IPSP. The IPSP affects the supply of electricity to all Ontario
consumers.
    In developing the IPSP, the OPA was required to comply with the Act, the
government's Supply Mix Directive and the Integrated Power System Plan
Regulation. Under section 25.30(4) of the Act, the Board is required to review
the IPSP to ensure that it complies with directions issued by the Minister of
Energy and that it is economically prudent and cost effective. In addition,
under section 25.31(4) of the Act, the Board is required to review the OPA's
proposed procurement processes. The Supply Mix Directive, the IPSP Regulation,
the Procurement Processes Regulation and relevant sections of the Act are
posted on the Board's website under the IPSP link.
    In addition to electricity conservation initiatives, the OPA has
identified various electricity generation and transmission projects throughout
the province that it is recommending be undertaken. These projects may affect
your community. Maps and descriptions of the proposed projects are included in
the IPSP.

    How to see the IPSP
    --------------------
    Copies of the IPSP, the procurement processes application and the
supporting pre-filed evidence will be available for public inspection:

    
    -   on the OPA's website www.powerauthority.on.ca

    -   on the Board's website www.oeb.gov.on.ca

    -   at the Board's office;

    -   at the OPA's head office; and

    -   at County, Regional and District Municipal offices throughout
        Ontario.
    

    If you have trouble viewing the application or for information on where
to obtain a copy of the IPSP, please call the OPA at 1-800-722-0679.

    A Two Phase Review
    -------------------
    The Board intends to proceed with this review in two phases.
    In phase 1, the Board will develop an issues list. This list will
determine which issues will be addressed in the subsequent review of the
application. Only those issues on the approved issues list will be considered
during the review. The Board instructed the OPA to develop a proposed issues
list for the review of the IPSP and the proposed procurement processes,
structured by reference to the findings the Board has to make, according to
the legislation and Ministerial directions. The Board is seeking your views on
what issues should be considered by the Board in its review. The issues list
proposed by the OPA is available at the same locations as the IPSP.
    This notice is Notice for phase 1 of the proceeding. Phase 2 will be the
review of the evidence filed by the OPA and any other parties. The phase 2
notice will be published later, at the start of phase 2, providing details on
how to participate in that phase of the proceeding.

    How to Participate
    -------------------
    You can participate in the development of the issues list in two ways:

    
    1.  Give Comments to the Board

        If you want to comment on what issues the Board should consider in
        reviewing the plan and procurement processes, your written comments
        must be received by the Board no later than 30 days from the
        publication date of this notice. Your comments will be provided to
        the Board and will be part of the public record. A notice for phase 2
        of the proceeding, giving you an opportunity to comment on the
        content of the IPSP and proposed procurement processes, will be
        published once the issues list has been set.

        The Board accepts written comments by either post or e-mail at the
        addresses below. Forms for providing comments on the proposed issues
        list are available on the Board's website or by calling the Board's
        Consumer Relations Centre at 1-877-632-2727.

    2.  Become an Intervenor

        You may ask to become an intervenor if you wish to actively
        participate in phase 1 by appearing before the Board to make formal
        submissions on the issues list. Intervenors have procedural rights
        and obligations as described in the Board's Rules of Practice and
        Procedure.

        Please refer to the "How to Become an Intervenor" section of the IPSP
        page on the Board's website. The Board has strict rules and timelines
        for interventions and filings. Your letter seeking intervention,
        compliant with the Board's rules and filing guidelines, must be
        received by the Board and copied to the OPA no later than 14 days
        from the publication date of this notice.

        For phase 1, intervenors are invited to make written submissions on
        the draft issues list proposed by the OPA. Submissions must be filed
        with the Board and copied to the OPA no later than 30 days from the
        publication date of this notice. The Board will issue further
        procedural documents relating to the development of the issues list,
        and relating to phase 2, the review of the application and supporting
        evidence.
    

    How to Contact Us
    -----------------
    In responding to this notice please include Board file number
EB-2007-0707 in the subject line of your e-mail or at the top of your letter.
It is also important that you provide your name, postal address and telephone
number and, if available, an e-mail address and fax number. All written
communications should be directed to the attention of the Board Secretary at
the address below, and be received no later than 4:45 p.m. on the required
date.

    Need More Information?
    ----------------------
    Further information on the IPSP may be obtained from the OPA website
www.powerauthority.on.ca. Further information on how to participate in the
review may be obtained by visiting the Board's Web site at www.oeb.gov.on.ca
or by calling our Consumer Relations Centre at 1-877-632-2727.





For further information:

For further information: Eric Pelletier, Ontario Energy Board, (416)
440-7685; Paul Crawford, Ontario Energy Board, (416) 440-7607


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