OEB Finds Low Income Rate Programs Outside its Jurisdiction

    TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board (the Board)
issued a majority Decision finding that the Board does not have the
jurisdiction to develop a rate class using income level as a determining
    The issue came before the Board in the course of the Enbridge Gas
Distribution 2007 rates hearing. The Low-income Energy Network (LIEN) argued
that the Board has the jurisdiction to order special rates for low income
    The Board predicated its Decision on the understanding that the proposal
from LIEN is to establish a rate for low income consumers, funded through
rates, of which the defining characteristic would be income-level.
    In a dissenting Decision the panel member found that the Board has
jurisdiction to approve special rates for low income consumers in appropriate

    The Ontario Energy Board regulates the province's electricity and natural
gas sectors in the public interest. It envisions a healthy 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)

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