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…
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…
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.
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 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…
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….
May 25, 2016
The devastating impact of the wildfire that continues to burn throughout northern Alberta has left those directly affected with unanswered questions relating to sources of income and financial stability. Many workplaces have either ceased operations indefinitely or no longer exist. The situation has many employers asking about their duties to employees in these circumstances. This bulletin is a summary of…
May 19, 2016
In January 2016, I wrote an article about the commencement of the new federal government’s promised review of its environmental assessment process. Given that the existing process has been an issue that has seriously divided Canadians — and is of clear national importance — a review seemed timely. Then, nothing happened. On May 17, 2016, the Minister of Natural Resources (Minister)…
May 9, 2016
The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) recently released Bulletin 2016-10 (Bulletin), as a reminder to directors and officers of corporate holders of AER oil and gas well licences (Licensees) that they may be personally responsible for the statutory obligations of the Licensee when it enters insolvency proceedings or otherwise ceases operations. The AER’s traditional position has been that the failure of…