OEB issues Compliance Order against Toronto Hydro regarding condo electricity

TORONTO, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued a Compliance Order against Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (THESL), which will ensure new condominiums have access to choice for smart meter suppliers. This also applies to developers of new rental apartment buildings.

Since February 2008, THESL has only provided the option of suite metering units in a building, which denied the option of a bulk meter and subsequent installation of smart sub-meters.

On August 4, 2009, the OEB issued a Notice of Intention to Make an Order for Compliance against THESL under section 112.3 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.

After an oral hearing, in a decision released January 27, 2010, the OEB found THESL had improperly denied a bulk meter connection to two condominium developers. The OEB also found that THESL had breached the Electricity Act, 1998 and the OEB's Distribution System Code.

THESL is now required to provide new rental apartment buildings and new and existing condominiums the option of having THESL install either suite metering or a bulk interval meter to enable smart sub-metering of the units in the building.

THESL is also required to contact all condominium corporations and developers that requested an offer to connect from THESL after February 28, 2008. If these developments have not had smart meters installed they may request a revised offer to connect allowing for smart sub-meters to be installed.

THESL's shareholder is also required to reimburse the costs of each party's participation in the hearing, including the Board's costs. These costs are not the responsibility of THESL's ratepayers.

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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SOURCE Ontario Energy Board

For further information: For further information: Media Inquiries, Paul Crawford, Ontario Energy Board, (416) 440-7607; Public Inquiries, (416) 314-2455 Or 1-877-632-2727

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