Cornerstone Hydro Electric Concepts
CHEC engages Greg Van Dusen for Regulatory Support
May 25, 2022
May 26, 2022, Barrie, ON – Cornerstone Hydro Electric Concepts (CHEC) is pleased to welcome Greg Van Dusen as a consultant in the Regulatory portfolio starting on June 1. Van Dusen has over 40 years’ experience in the electrical industry, with his latest position being the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Hydro Ottawa.
“Greg’s breadth and depth of experience is exactly what our members need to help navigate the ever changing and increasing regulatory requirements in Ontario,” said John Sherin, President of CHEC. “We’re looking forward to working with Greg and benefiting from his extensive knowledge.”
Van Dusen began his career with Ontario Hydro, where he held various positions, and transitioned to working at Hydro One in 2000. During his ten years with the company, he held positions of Director, Asset Management; Director, Corporate Accounting; Director Business Integration, Asset Management, and finally Director Regulation. In May of 2010, he started his own consulting firm, Greg Van Dusen Utility Consulting Inc. and became an Associate Consultant with Elenchus Research Inc. Following this, he accepted the position at Hydro Ottawa, where he worked as the Director of Regulatory Affairs until late last year.
“While at Elenchus, I worked with smaller LDCs and saw the challenges they faced,” said Van Dusen. “I was astonished by the extensive regulatory requirements they faced, and the effort required for those smaller utilities to meet requirements.”
Van Dusen believes that he can assist smaller LDCs with these challenges. His priority will be to listen and gain a better understanding of their challenges and needs. He will offer professional regulatory training to members and become involved in both Ontario Energy Board (OEB) and Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) proceedings that impact small utilities and provide summary information and guidance that will inform and benefit the group.
“There’s definitely a need to keep utilities of all sizes informed on what impacts regulatory changes could have on them and keep them updated on what they need to do to meet those requirements.”
Van Dusen believes there are opportunities to work more closely with regulatory organizations, such as the OEB. He also sees opportunities outside of the billing process where members can share systems and processes and benefit from pooling their resources. Areas of challenge include the pressure for mergers and acquisitions within the industry and educating stakeholders on the value of the local distribution company.
“Electrification of transportation, the uptake on EVs, and net metering are amongst the many issues that will have significant impacts on the LDC. These issues face all utilities – big or small,” said Van Dusen. “I’m looking forward to being able to monitor proceedings on behalf of the CHEC members and provide advice and guidance so that they have the knowledge and resources to effectively meet these coming challenges.”
CHEC is a collaborative association for 15 Local Distribution Companies in Ontario. By sharing experience, knowledge and resources CHEC helps its members remain as active members of their communities, deliver value to their shareholders, provide safe, efficient, and cost-effective electricity distribution to their customers, and prepare for the energy future. The current members of CHEC are Centre Wellington Hydro Ltd., ERTH Power Corp., Fort Frances Power Corp., Grimsby Power, InnPower Corp., Lakefront Utilities Inc., Lakeland Power Distribution Ltd., Niagara–on- the-Lake Hydro, Orangeville Hydro Ltd., Ottawa River Power Corp., Renfrew Hydro Inc., Rideau St. Lawrence Distribution Inc., Tillsonburg Hydro, Wasaga Distribution Inc., and Wellington North Power Inc.