Ian A. Mondrow Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1991 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-369-4670

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: ian.mondrow@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto

Ian A. Mondrow

Ian Mondrow leads Gowling WLG’s energy regulation and policy practice in the firm’s Toronto office. Ian has been working in energy for 30 years, much of that in the private practice of law, but including four years in a senior management and policy role as VP, Government & Regulatory Affairs at Direct Energy where he engaged heavily in matters of market design and energy policy and legislative structure, and a year as Special Advisor to the (then) Chair of the Ontario Energy Board, Howard Wetston.

Ian represents electricity generators, transmitters and distributors, natural gas shippers, competitive energy services providers and large electricity and natural as consumers before the Ontario Energy Board, the National Energy Board, and in other Canadian regulatory forums. Ian has advised government agencies and non-government organizations on energy policy and energy sector design and legislation in various national and international jurisdictions. Ian’s areas of expertise include:

  • Energy policy and legislation
  • Regulatory policy and processes
  • Rates and tariff matters
  • Facilities applications
  • Compliance and licencing issues

Ian is a member of the Council for Clean & Reliable Energy, a federally incorporated non-profit organization that was formed to provide a platform for open public dialogue and a solutions-oriented approach to challenges of the energy sector.

Career & Recognition

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  • Council for Clean & Reliable Electricity (CCRE)

Ian contributed to the 'Competition in the U.S. and Canadian Electricity Markets' chapter in Energy Law & Policy, 2011 Thomson Reuters Canada Limited.

In February 2011, he co-taught EUCI's (Electric Utility Consultants, Inc.) 'Introduction to Canadian Electricity Regulation' course in Calgary, Alberta.

In November 2016, Ian published an article in Energy Regulation Quarterly titled "Competition In Electricity Transmission: Two Canadian Experiments."

Representative Work

  • Counsel to a coalition of Ontario and New York State power generators in the National Energy Board's (NEB) proceeding to consider TransCanada Pipelines Limited's watershed 2011 application for tolls and services restructuring. The coalition members were active intervenors in the proceeding, engaging in cross-examinations, leading evidence and providing oral argument. The oral portion of the proceeding sat for 72 hearing days in Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. The NEB's 247-page decision addresses the changing paradigm of utility regulation in emerging competitive energy markets and explores the fundamental concepts of the "regulatory compact" and the regulatory balancing of utility shareholder protection and risk.
  • Counsel to the successful applicant for designation to develop the Ontario East-West Tie Line. This was the first of its kind Ontario Energy Board (OEB) competitive transmission development designation proceeding. Following a unique regulatory process in which six applicants for designation to develop the East-West Transmission Tie Line in Ontario filed comprehensive development proposals, our client was awarded designation to develop the line.
  • Counsel to an Ontario electricity distributor in the first fully litigated Ontario electricity distributor Custom IR application. The Ontario Energy Board's November 2015 decision approved a modified Custom IR application essentially as requested, setting rates for Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Ontario regulatory counsel to large Ontario gas consumers regularly and actively intervening in OEB gas rate and policy proceedings.
  • Counsel to a large utility group of companies in various provincial and national regulatory applications, both as applicant and as intervenor.
  • Advising and representing applicants in Ontario electricity transmission and distribution and energy retailing licencing matters, pipeline leave to construct applications and electricity distibution consolidation applications.
  • Counsel on NEB electricity and natural gas import/export permit and compliance matters.
  • Provision of wholesale and retail electricity market compliance advice to competitive energy service providers.
  • Counsel to competitive energy and electrical services providers in Ontario gas and electricity proceedings engaging regulated utility/competitive service provider interface issues.