Category: Power

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Emission Limit Implementation Recommendations from Alberta’s Oil Sands Advisory Group

June 30, 2017

On June 16, 2017, the Alberta Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG) released its report, Recommendations on Implementation of the Oil Sands Emissions Limit Established by the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan, which sets out recommendations for implementing and remaining within the 100 megatonne (MT) per year greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limit for the oil sands sector (Emissions Limit) articulated in Alberta’s…

Alberta Caps Power Prices with Bill 16

June 12, 2017

On June 7, 2017, Bill 16, titled “An Act to Cap Regulated Electricity Rates” (Bill 16), received royal assent and is now law. Bill 16 will impose a maximum rate of 6.8 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for electricity consumers on the regulated rate option or RRO (a government-regulated rate that fluctuates monthly). The price cap comes on the back…

Canada Publishes Technical Paper, Reveals Federal Carbon Pricing Plan

May 31, 2017

On May 18, 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada released the Technical Paper on the Federal Carbon Pricing Backstop (Technical Paper), which provides an overview of the prospective federal carbon emissions pricing system and insights on how the federal carbon price will take shape. Canadian stakeholders, businesses and the public have been invited to provide comments on the Technical Paper…

Alberta’s Power Reform: Implications for Electricity Providers and Consumers

May 1, 2017

A fundamental shift in the structure of Alberta’s electricity market is underway. The provincial government has promised to phase out the current energy-only market and replace it with a capacity market system, to be fully implemented by 2021. The transition was recommended by the Alberta Electric System Operator in its report, Alberta’s Wholesale Electricity Market Transition Recommendation. The change will…

Ontario’s First Cap-and-Trade Auction Sells 100 Per Cent of 2017 Allowances

April 5, 2017

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) held the first auction of greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances on March 22, 2017 and published the auction’s results on April 3, 2017. All 2017 allowances were sold at the auction at a settlement price of C$18.08 per tonne of GHG. For further details of the new cap-and-trade legislative measures, please…

Chief Justice Confirms Cross-Examination Principles in Alberta

March 28, 2017

On March 21, 2017, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta ruled against the Alberta government in Alberta (Attorney General) v. ENMAX PPA Management Inc. et al., a controversial legal action brought in 2016 by the provincial government against several former buyers of power purchase arrangements (PPAs). In doing so, the court provided additional guidance to litigants regarding cross-examination principles…

Alberta to Restrict Compliance Options for Large Industrial Emitters: Smart Policy or Government Windfall?

March 21, 2017

On March 3, 2017, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) released a policy decision (Decision) affecting industrial facilities (Facilities) that emit more than 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) per year. The Decision follows the Alberta government’s Climate Leadership Plan (Plan), which was released in November 2015 (see our November 2015 Blakes Bulletin: Just Like Any Good Recipe, Alberta’s Climate Leadership…

Small-Scale Canadian LNG Projects Quietly Growing as an Alternative Power Source

February 16, 2017

The development of Canada’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry has attracted much attention in recent years as large and mid-scale LNG export projects in British Columbia and Eastern Canada have shifted from a surge in initial project development to increased uncertainty in the face of depressed global LNG prices. What has attracted less attention over this time is the…

China’s Proposed National Carbon Market and Opportunities for Cooperation with Canada

December 19, 2016

In 2017, China plans to establish a national carbon market (Chinese Carbon Market), which, once in place, will be the largest carbon cap-and-trade scheme in the world, essentially involving all of China’s local provincial governments with oversight and guidance from the Central Government of China. This article provides an outline on how the Chinese Carbon Market is expected to be…

Update on Electricity Rate Relief Program for Ontario Businesses

December 5, 2016

The expansion of Ontario’s Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) to provide electricity rate relief to more businesses comes into effect on January 1, 2017. Businesses who want to participate in the expanded ICI program must provide written notice to their electricity provider in order to qualify. In our September 2016 Blakes Bulletin: New Opportunities for Ontario Businesses to Benefit from Electricity…

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