Category: Energy – Regulatory

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New Opportunities for Ontario Businesses to Benefit from Electricity Rate Relief Program

September 16, 2016

During its throne speech on September 15, 2016, the Ontario government announced the expansion of its Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI), thus giving more businesses access to a program that allows customers to significantly lower their year-round electricity costs by reducing consumption from the provincial grid during times of peak demand. Ontario’s ICI has been in place since 2011, but only…

Chinese Companies Transacting in Canada — Deal’s Closed: Now What?

September 13, 2016

When Chinese and Canadian companies come together, whether it’s through a merger, joint venture or another arrangement where cultures will be meshed, tackling the cultural differences is critical. Culture isn’t about comparing the mission statement and vision of the two companies, which can often appear very similar; it is a sense that you share the same values.

What to Expect Once Your Wind Power Project Has Been Approved

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…

Northern Gateway Project Approval Quashed Due to Inadequate Consultation

July 4, 2016

In its recent decision in Gitxaala Nation v. Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal (Court) quashed federal approval of the proposed Northern Gateway Project (Project). The Court held that although interested parties had ample opportunity to participate in the Joint Review Panel assessment process, the Government of Canada failed to adequately consult with First Nations before the governor-in-council (Cabinet) approved…

Canadian LNG from a Global Perspective

June 28, 2016

The next several months are set to be an important period for Canada’s nascent liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. After nearly half a decade of project announcements, commercial development, increasing press coverage and often intense political debate, it is expected that the remainder of 2016 could see one or more of the country’s first affirmative LNG final investment decisions.  

Predictions for Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program

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.

Alberta Follows Through With Consumer, Small Business Aspects of Climate Leadership Plan, Passes New Act

June 13, 2016

After significant debate, the Alberta legislature passed the Climate Leadership Implementation Act (Act) on June 7, 2016. While it has yet to receive royal assent, the Act represents a significant step in converting portions of the Government of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan (Plan), into law. In particular, the Act structures the carbon levy and certain energy efficiency aspects of the…

Ontario Announces Five-Year Climate Change Action Plan

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…

Ontario Announces Significant Climate Change, Cap-and-Trade, GHG Emissions Legislative Developments

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….

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