Ontario Energy Board proposes changes to revise cost responsibility when connecting renewable generation projects to the grid

    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board (the Board) issued
a Notice of Proposal to Amend the Distribution System Code (DSC) to ensure
costs are allocated in a manner that protects ratepayers, promotes the
connection of renewable resources and encourages generators to select sites
that are economically efficient.
    The proposed amendments would, if enacted, reduce the costs renewable
generators would have to pay to connect their generation to a distribution
system by:

    -   Making distributors responsible for the costs of "renewable enabling
        improvements" - investments made by a distributor to enhance the
        technical ability of a distribution system to accommodate increased
        levels of renewable generation.
    -   Sharing the cost of any expansions of the distribution system between
        the distributor and generator, so that only those generators
        requiring expansions which are costly relative to their size bear
        some of the costs.

    The amendments also clarify that generators would continue to be
responsible for the cost of dedicated connection facilities to the
distributor's main distribution system.
    This project is part of a series of initiatives the Board is undertaking
to facilitate the timely connection of renewable generation in Ontario. This
integrated approach to investment, planning, and cost allocation will lay the
framework for appropriate and reliable electricity infrastructure development
consistent with the Board's objectives, including its new objectives under the
Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009.

    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)

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