October 13, 2020
On June 16, 2020, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued a Decision and Order (CEAP Decision) which amended the licenses of all licensed electricity distributors and unit sub-meter providers (collectively, Utilities) to support the implementation of the government’s COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). And on August 7, 2020, the OEB issued a Decision and Order (CEAP-SB Decision) which amended the licences of all Utilities to support the implementation of a related government program: the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program – Small Business (CEAP-SB).
The OEB is amending the Utilities’ licences to make certain revisions to the eligibility conditions for both the CEAP and CEAP-SB programs. The revisions are being made in order to address issues that have arisen in terms of the level of participation by customers in the programs and facilitate achievement of the government’s goal for the programs, which is to assist energy consumers to catch up on their energy bills where they have been impacted by the COVID emergency.
This Decision and Order is being issued by Delegated Authority without a hearing pursuant to section 6(4) of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.