Advocacy initiatives in 2016 - 2017

 

• Only APPrO focuses 100% on the business issues of power producers in Ontario. APPrO gets results through purposeful and cost-effective advocacy, while providing great networking opportunities and industry information to its members.

 

• APPrO continues to advocate for generator interests at the IESO on wide number of issues around market principles and rules through its Market Affairs Working Group. This working group has provided advice and guidance on matters of material commercial and/or operational significance relating to the existing IESO-administered markets, the future evolution of the markets, IESO stakeholder engagement processes, and other matters of commercial interest.

 

• APPrO continues to meet with leaders and senior staff of the various provincial political parties, the Energy Ministry, and the heads and staff of the IESO, central agencies and the OEB.

 

• APPrO continues to participate in regulatory proceedings including Ontario Energy Board and National Energy Board hearings, IESO market rule forums and other processes which impact its members’ business, for example:

 

- IESO Generator Cost Guarantee (GCG) Interpretation Bulletin;

- IESO’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC)

- Effective Separation of Market Operations and procurement and contract Activities;

- A better accountability and governance model for the IESO than the current method; 

- Ontario’s Cap and Trade program regulatory framework, and the impact on contracted generators;

- Union and Enbridge rate applications, capital expansions, deferral account and earnings sharing mechanisms proceedings;

- TransCanada Pipelines development proposals and related regulatory proceedings, where they are of concern to generators

- IESO 2017 rate application

- The OEB’s advisory committee on Regional Planning (RPPAG)

- The OEB Chair’s Advisory Roundtable

 

• APPrO has produced substantive commentary on the province’s Long Term Energy Plan, addressing both the baseline data and the consultation process. In addition APPrO filed a formal submission with the EBR in 2016 and expects to remain active in the consultations during 2017.

 

• APPrO continues to support its NUG members in their efforts to achieve fair and equitable recontracting processes from the IESO;

 

• APPrO continues to be active with the IESO in the development of its procurement programs including providing input on the LRP-2 (Large Renewable Procurement) and CHP procurement processes and their successors;

 

• APPrO has been actively engaged in formal and informal consultations on rate design and revenue decoupling with the OEB, generators, LDCs, and other stakeholders.

 

• APPrO continues to advocate policy and regulatory initiatives that would make distributed generation more widely feasible in Ontario, monitoring rules and regulations as they are developed for their potential impact on distributed generation.

 

• APPrO’s magazine, IPPSO FACTO, continued to publish leading edge news and analysis, acting as a thought leader and dealing with some of the most critical transformative forces at work in the Canadian energy sector.

 

• As well, our annual Canadian Power Conference and Trade Show is a key landmark in the sector. In 2016 more than 500 people from government, industry and the regulatory agencies gathered to discuss the latest issues and focus on how to promote the development of a more competitive market in Ontario.

 

 

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