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What is the Process of a Hearing

While the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board has a typical review process, the Board can modify it if it believes the modification is in the public interest.

  • The utility or other company files an application for a new service or a change in rates. This application usually contains all of the information needed to support the application.

  • A public notice is published – usually in the newspapers.

  • Any party that wants to participate in the proceeding notifies the Board.

  • The Board establishes a hearing process and sets a schedule.

  • The participants submit written questions to the applicant looking for more details about the application.

  • The applicant files written answers to the questions.

  • The participants can file their own information or evidence. Participants' evidence often challenges the application or makes recommendations for a different rate or service.

  • The participants must now answer any written question submitted on their evidence.

  • After the all of the written questions have been answered the hearing begins.

  • During the hearing the applicant and the participants answer more questions about the evidence they have submitted through cross examination. Following the conclusion of the hearing the participants make final submissions to the Board.

  • The Board deliberates and issues a decision – normally within 45 days.