OEB Issues Decision on Issues List in Review of Power System Plan Application

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - The Ontario Energy Board has issued a Decision
today approving an issues list for its review of the Ontario Power Authority's
(OPA) Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP) and procurement processes,
concluding phase 1 of the proceeding. In phase 2, to be scheduled for
mid-2008, the Board will use the issues list as the basis for its review of
the OPA's application.
    In the phase 1 hearing to determine the issues list, the Board heard oral
submissions from the applicant and 28 intervenors representing a variety of
interests including aboriginal and environmental organizations,
municipalities, electricity industry workers, major electricity consumers and
consumers in general. These oral submissions are in addition to the written
submissions received from the applicant and 66 intervenors. In addition, the
Board received 29 written comments on the issues list. The information
provided in the submissions and comments was reviewed by the Board and
considered in reaching a decision on the issues list.

    In its Decision, the Board outlined the main purposes of the issues list:
      1) to define the scope of the proceeding; and
      2) to articulate the questions which the Board must address in reaching
         a decision on the application.

    The Board will shortly direct the OPA to publish a notice with respect to
phase 2 of the review of the IPSP and procurement processes, providing details
on how to participate. In phase 2, the evidence filed by the OPA and any other
parties will be reviewed.
    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 must file the Plan with the Board
for approval.
    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

    The approved 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.

    Additional information on where to see the material is available from the
OPA at 1-800-722-0679.

    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.

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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