The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has approved the merger of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. (Guelph Hydro) and Alectra Utilities Corporation.
In its decision on a Mergers, Acquisitions, Amalgamations and Divestitures (MAADs) application submitted by the two Applicants on March 7, 2018, the OEB stated the following:
- The OEB has determined that the Applicants have satisfied the no harm test with respect to price, cost effectiveness and economic efficiency. The evidence shows that the underlying cost structures to serve acquired customers following the proposed merger will be no higher than they otherwise would have been.
- The OEB is satisfied that the way in which the Applicants propose to provide service in the area currently served by Guelph Hydro will be effective in continuing existing levels of service. The OEB has determined that the Applicants have met the no harm test with respect to reliability and quality of electricity service.
- The OEB concludes that the proposed amalgamation of Alectra Utilities and Guelph Hydro, including the Applicants’ ten-year deferral rate rebasing proposal, meets the no harm test.