As part of the RPP Roadmap, the OEB established a working group to inform the development of RPP pilots. The working group consists of six LDCs (Powerstream, Newmarket Hydro, Thunder Bay Hydro, Energyplus, Horizon Utilities and Hydro One), the Consumers Council of Canada, the Low-Income Energy Network, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and the Ministry of Energy.
The working group provided advice to the OEB in the development of an RPP Guidance Document, which is intended to assist LDCs in selecting, designing, proposing and implementing RPP pilots.
- The RPP Guidance Document, titled Regulated Price Plan Roadmap: Guideline for Pilot Projects on RPP Pricing, along with a supplementary Technical Manual, was published by the OEB on July 18, 2016. The OEB invited interested LDCs to submit pilot applications by August 19, 2016.
The RPP Guidance Document identifies a prioritized list of pricing options to be tested through the RPP pilots. The priority RPP pricing pilots fall into two broad categories:
- Critical peak pricing (CPP) which is an application of prices for specific hours when the electricity system is stressed and/or hourly energy market prices are high.
- TOU variations which test different types of changes to the existing on-peak/mid-peak/off-peak structure or the price ratio between the different TOU periods.
The OEB is expected to initiate detailed RPP pilot program design with selected LDCs in Fall 2016. Pilots are expected to be launched in early 2017 with final pilot deliverables and evaluations expected to be complete by December 1, 2018.