September 12, 2016
2016 has been full of promising news for Canadian wind power developers. Competitive financial incentive programs supported by the Alberta government, among others, are expected to spur the development of wind and other renewable energy projects. Successful bidders in the aforementioned programs will be required to obtain the regulatory, environmental, municipal and ancillary approvals necessary to construct and operate their…
August 2, 2016
The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has issued final materials for phase two of Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program (LRP II). The deadline for submitting a qualification submission to the IESO is September 8, 2016. This is expected to be the last opportunity to participate in the LRP because the Minister of Energy has directed the IESO not to undertake…
June 23, 2016
The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has been tasked with developing and implementing a plan to significantly increase renewable electricity generation capacity in the province from 11 per cent to 30 per cent of Alberta’s total generation capacity by 2030. The AESO recently provided its recommendations regarding its proposed renewable electricity program (REP) to the Alberta government.
June 14, 2016
Renewable power developers can expect to see a draft of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for phase two of Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement program (LRP II), before the end of June 2016. Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has announced that the draft LRP II RFQ is expected to be posted by June 23 for stakeholder and community feedback. IESO…
June 10, 2016
On June 8, 2016, the Ontario government (Government) released a five-year Climate Change Action Plan (Action Plan), which builds on the Government’s Climate Change Strategy released in November 2015, that set the long-term vision for meeting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. The Action Plan outlines the key actions the Government will take to combat climate change at a cost…
May 30, 2016
On May 18, 2016, the Ontario government (Government) passed the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 (Act). The Government says that the Act’s objective is to make the province accountable for transparently investing proceeds from the cap-and-trade program into actions that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, create jobs and help people and businesses shift to a low-carbon economy….
April 25, 2016
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has published a staff discussion paper, Rate Design for Commercial and Industrial Electricity Customers: Aligning the Interests of Customers and Distributors (Staff Discussion Paper), in which it considers a new rate design that will affect all commercial and industrial customers who receive electricity from a distribution company. Although commercial and industrial customers only account for…
April 21, 2016
Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan (Plan) was released on November 22, 2015. The Plan represented a dramatic and fundamental shift in Alberta’s approach to climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) issues, including to achieve the government’s stated objective of gaining support and “social licence” for the pipeline takeaway capacity needed to support Alberta’s oil and gas production and export industries. With…
April 11, 2016
After extensive public consultations, the Government of Quebec announced Quebec’s energy policy for 2016–2030 (Policy) on April 7, 2016. By focusing on energy efficiency, innovation and renewable energy, the Policy aims to transition towards a low-carbon economy that will help fight climate change. Environmental organizations, businesses and First Nations thus far seem to be in favour of the Policy. The…
March 11, 2016
Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has allowed another wind project Renewable Energy Approval (REA) appeal on the basis of environmental concerns. In doing so, it has made findings on the statutory test of “serious and irreversible harm to animal life or the natural environment” with respect to species at risk that could have significant impacts on future renewable energy projects….