Category Archives: Natural Gas Utility Regulation and Commodity Deregulation

Critics blast Ontario power deregulation

(November 2, 2002) The Ontario government has admitted it failed to protect consumers by ordering a review of the agency responsible for overseeing the new, competitive electricity market, representatives of the opposition parties charged yesterday. Continue reading

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Direct Energy, NDP leader clash over quotes

(April 5, 2002) Sales agents from Direct Energy Marketing Ltd., one of many firms aiming to capitalize on electricity deregulation in Ontario, are using quotes from Howard Hampton – one of deregulation’s fiercest opponents — to lure new customers. Continue reading

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Regulatory power real issue in electricity deregulation

(February 14, 2002) Evidently looking to add some fizz to her fizzling campaign, Conservative Party leadership candidate Elizabeth Witmer this week promised “an immediate review” of Ontario’s decision to deregulate the electricity market in May. Continue reading

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Contracting for natural gas and electricity in Ontario: Energy Probe’s advice to household consumers

(January 6, 2002) Many household consumers are receiving solicitations from energy marketers encouraging them to sign up for natural gas (“gas”) and electricity supply contracts of one to five years duration. Continue reading

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Power: It’s open market on May 1

(December 19, 2001) ‘Nothing will go wrong,’ Harris vows as new firms allowed in. Opening Ontario’s electricity market to competition will not mean blackouts or price spikes, Premier Mike Harris vowed yesterday. Continue reading

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Some homeowners stuck with high rates, as natural gas prices fall

(November 19, 2001) Toronto – The price of natural gas is falling but some consumers have found themselves in a bind: they’re still paying sky-high prices. Continue reading

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Ontario group demystifies electricity deregulation on Web site

(November 19, 2001) Toronto – An Ontario group has come up with a Web site to help consumers consider the choices when the electricity market is deregulated next spring. Continue reading

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OEB’s use of the term ‘deregulation’

(October 24, 2001) The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) used the term “deregulation” in reference to electricity reform, for instance, on the FAQ portion of its web site. But there are many reasons why in its specific denotation, the term is inaccurate. Continue reading

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Never going to see any gas – rural residents

(October 15, 2001) Fredericton – Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline is running into resistance from rural New Brunswickers who are fed up at being asked to endure gas pains without getting any gas. Continue reading

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Natural gas price drops 11% in July

(July 10, 2001) The retail price of natural gas has dropped 11 per cent this month, and is likely to drop another 20 per cent or more early this fall, says Enbridge Consumer Gas. Continue reading

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