Toronto, ON, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- January 14, 2010 - The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is initiating its smart grid consultation with a call for participation on a Smart Grid Working Group (SGWG), which will provide advice on the development of a smart grid in Ontario.

Under a directive from the minister of energy, the OEB is required to provide guidance on smart grid development to the province’s distributors. The consultation is intended to assist the Board in gaining a better understanding of the technical issues associated with smart grid.

The Working Group will provide advice to OEB staff on the technical aspects and related details to be addressed in the Board’s guidance. This advice will assist with the preparation of an OEB staff discussion paper, which in turn will form the basis for broader consultation regarding the development of the Board’s smart grid guidance and the appropriate regulatory requirements.

The Board envisages that the SGWG will comprise no more than twenty people. The inaugural meeting is anticipated during the second week in February and the work is expected to be undertaken over a 4 month period.