March 14, 2019 3:42 pm

Ontario Energy Board needs technological change, report says

Spokesperson to the report says Energy Minister Greg Rickford, seen on the left, is considering the panel's recommendations

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
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TORONTO – A government-appointed panel says Ontario’s energy regulator is in need of an overhaul to better respond to customer needs and adapt to technological change.

In a report today to Energy Minister Greg Rickford, the three-person panel recommends giving the Ontario Energy Board more independence by appointing its own board of directors.

The group also suggests the OEB – which sets rules for energy companies and establishes rates that consumers pay – streamline its review of rate change applications.

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The panel further recommends the board develop a plan to address the energy sector’s needs as technological change continues.

It also says the board should change its name to the Ontario Energy Regulator.

A spokesman for the minister says Rickford is carefully considering all of the recommendations in the report.

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