Category: Environmental

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Alberta’s “30 by 30” Renewable Energy Target: Will Wind Energy Projects Now Be Permitted on Public Lands?

September 19, 2016

On September 14, 2016, the Alberta government provided an update regarding its Renewable Electricity Program. In particular, the government confirmed a firm target of 30 per cent electricity from renewable sources by 2030 (30 by 30) and announced that it will support the development of 5,000 megawatts (MWs) of additional renewable energy capacity to help achieve this target. Further details…

Whitepaper: 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…

B.C.’s Updated Climate Action Plan: What You Need to Know, What’s in, and What’s Been Left Out

August 29, 2016

The B.C. government recently released the much anticipated Climate Leadership Plan (Plan), which updates the 2008 Climate Action Plan (2008 Plan) and responds to the government-appointed Climate Leadership Team’s (Panel) 32 recommendations for climate action for British Columbia. The Plan attempts to balance the actions required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to reach 2050 targets with the government’s policies…

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…

Federal Government Order to Protect Frog Habitat Stops Land Development in Suburban Montréal

July 4, 2016

On June 17, 2016, the federal cabinet approved an emergency order (Order) for protection of the habitat of the Western Chorus Frog (Great Lakes/St. Lawrence-Canadian Shield population) in La Prairie, Quebec. This is the second emergency order issued under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), and the first to impact privately owned land. The Order was published in the Canada…

Whitepaper: 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….

B.C. Increases Potential Fines, Adds Administrative Penalties for Mining Law Violations

May 24, 2016

Since the 2014 Mount Polley tailings dam breach, the British Columbia government has made numerous changes to its mining regulatory regime. The most recent amendments, some of which came into force late last week, significantly increased the penalties that may be imposed for violation of the Mines Act (Act). The changes heighten the potential exposure of mining companies and their…

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