Province Selects Two More Members to Help Modernize Ontario Energy Board
Ontario Seeking Advice to Prepare for Innovation and Technological Change
Ontario's review of the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) - the province's independent regulator - is moving forward with the appointment of the Ontario Energy Board Modernization Review Panel's final two members.
The panel will have a broad mandate including reviewing how the OEB can continue to protect consumers amidst a rapidly changing sector, support innovation and new technologies, and how the OEB should be structured and resourced to deliver on its changing role.
The Panel will seek feedback from the public starting in spring 2018, examine best practices from other jurisdictions and report back to government by the end of 2018.
Cara Clairman and Bruce Campbell will be joining the already-appointed Chair, Richard Dicerni, on the panel.
Richard started his career with the federal government in 1969. In the 1970s and 1980s, he held a number of executive positions in the federal public service including Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Health and Welfare; and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet. In 1992, he joined the Ontario Government as Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy. In 1995, he assumed the position of Deputy Minister, Education and Training.
Richard served as President of Ontario Power Generation between 2003 and 2005.
He rejoined the Canadian Government as Deputy Minister of Industry where he served from 2006 to 2012. He was named Deputy Minister of Alberta Executive Council and Head of the Alberta Public Service on October 15, 2014 and served until April 16, 2016.
He was appointed to the Order of Canada in December 2017.
Cara is founder, President, and CEO of Plug'n Drive, a non-profit that is accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) to maximize their environmental and economic benefits. Plug'n Drive is recognized as a leader in the EV space.
Cara has more than 20 years of experience working in the environmental and sustainability fields, including 12 years working at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), initially as OPG's environmental lawyer and later in the role Vice President of Sustainable Development. In this role, she was responsible for oversight of the agency's environmental performance and the development and implementation of its sustainable development policies and programs.
Bruce was President and Chief Executive Officer of Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) from May 2013 to June 2017. He was instrumental in preparing Ontario's power system for the integration of the province's growing investment in renewable wind and solar generation. Under his direction, the IESO introduced innovative technologies such as storage into the power system and actively pursued more competitive, cost-effective solutions to meet future power needs.
Bruce also served on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) Member Representative Committee and on the Council of Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations which supports sustainable and reliable electric power delivery to millions of consumers across the continent.
- In the last eight years, the OEB has reported that it reviewed over 100 major rate applications and reduced requested rate increases by an average of about 40 per cent.
- Grid modernization policy and regulatory reviews are underway in at least 30 American states. In Canada, the National Energy Board and the Alberta Utilities Commission have undertaken governance reforms to better promote regulation for the future.
- Ontario has become a hub of innovation and is focused on encouraging a culture of innovation within the electricity sector. This includes exploring new solutions for integrating many technologies, testing new business models, integrating electricity and other energy resources and generating new ideas for advancing grid modernization.
“We are pleased to have these three accomplished and talented sector leaders with strong backgrounds in driving innovation, supporting the modernization of a reliable, clean electricity grid and championing sound public policy. These members will be working with partners across the energy sector to help ensure the Ontario Energy Board is well positioned to evolve and keep pace with this rapidly-changing sector.”