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NEB Predicts Canadian Fossil Fuel Use Will Peak in 2019 By Sean Green and David Stevens Nov 02, 2017 The National Energy Board (NEB) now predicts Canadian’s use of fossil fuels will peak around 2019. In a shift from previous years, the NEB’s report released in October 2017, titled Canada’s Energy Future 2017: Energy Supply and Demand Projections to 2040, credits advances in technology and climat...

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NEB Publishes Interactive Pipeline Incidents Tool By David Stevens Oct 26, 2017 Recently, the National Energy Board (NEB) published an interactive online tool that helps users access and review a wide range of information about pipeline incidents at NEB-regulated pipelines and facilities. This tool allows interested parties to find, compare, sort and review data about “repor...

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TransCanada Abandons Energy East Project By David Stevens Oct 05, 2017 On October 5, 2017, TransCanada Corporation announced that it will not proceed with the Energy East and Eastern Mainline projects. As a result, TransCanada will withdraw its applications to the National Energy Board for these projects.

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Court Orders Government to Reconsider its Approval of an Assignment of an Easement Related to the Trans Mountain Pipeline By David Stevens and Dillon Collett Oct 05, 2017 In a decision related to the Trans Mountain pipeline, the Federal Court of Appeal has decided against Kinder Morgan and the Federal Government. In Coldwater Indian Band v. Canada (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development), issued on September 26, 2017, the FCA held that the Minister of Indigen...
U.S. Federal Court Tells Regulators to Consider “Downstream Effects” of Proposed Natural Gas Pipelines By David Stevens and Nicholas Smith Sep 13, 2017 On August 22, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overruled the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) 2016 approval of the Southeast Market Pipelines Project. The project proposes the construction of three pipeline segments that will transport liquid...
TransCanada Asks the NEB to Suspend Considering the Energy East Application By David Stevens Sep 08, 2017 On September 7, 2017, TransCanada announced that it has filed a letter with the National Energy Board (NEB) seeking a 30-day suspension of the Energy East and Eastern Mainline Applications. TransCanada’s letter indicates that it requires this time to review the NEB’s recently released...

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Federal Court of Appeal Reluctantly Allows BC Attorney General to Intervene in Trans Mountain Appeal By David Stevens Sep 05, 2017 On August 29, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) issued a Decision allowing the Attorney General of British Columbia (AG-BC) to intervene in an appeal of the Federal Government’s approval for the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. It is worth noting, though, that the FCA’s...

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NEB to Consider Upstream and Downstream GHG Emissions in Energy East Review By David Stevens Aug 25, 2017 On August 23, 2017, the National Energy Board (NEB) issued its Decision on the List of Issues for the review of TransCanada’s proposed Energy East and Eastern Mainline projects. The List of Issues is intended to be an indication of the key items that are relevant to the NEB’s review. ...

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Supreme Court of Canada Rules That NEB Can Fulfill the Duty to Consult By Stephanie D’Amico and David Stevens Aug 09, 2017 Introduction On July 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released companion decisions that address the extent and manner in which regulatory agencies can participate in the Crown’s duty to consult Aboriginal groups. Clyde River (Hamlet) v. Petroleum Geo‑Services Inc. and Chippewas o...
Energy Storage Developments in Canada, the U.S. and Beyond in the Last Twelve Months By David Stevens and Jasmine Chung Jul 27, 2017 The topic of energy storage has been front and centre in the energy world in the past twelve months. As discussed previously (here and here), energy storage has been referred to by many commentators as a "game changer" because it will greatly improve the efficient use of electricity resources (ge...

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Federal Court of Appeal Finds That BC Pipeline May Be Subject to NEB Jurisdiction By David Stevens Jul 25, 2017 On July 19, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal released its Decision in a case related to the National Energy Board’s (NEB) jurisdiction over the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project (PRGTP). The Court reversed an earlier NEB Decision holding that the NEB had no jurisdiction over the P...
Federal Government Issues Discussion Paper About Modernizing Energy Project Review Processes By David Stevens Jul 07, 2017 On June 29, 2017, the Federal Government released a Discussion Paper on Environmental and Regulatory Reviews. As set out in its “Purpose” statement, the Discussion Paper “outlines the changes that the Government is considering for Canada’s environmental assessment and regulatory processes that wi...

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NEB Reports Discuss GHG Emissions By Economic Sector, Including Residential Electricity Consumption By David Stevens Jun 23, 2017 In two recent “Market Snapshot” reports, the National Energy Board (NEB) provided information about the main sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada during 2015. These reports offer some insight into the main areas where GHG emissions reductions might be targeted in coming...

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Federal Government Releases Draft Rules to Reduce Methane Emission in Oil and Gas Sector By David Stevens Jun 02, 2017 On May 25, 2017, the federal government released a draft of the Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector). The proposed regulations aim to reduce intentional and unintentional methane emissions by imposing restr...

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National Carbon Pricing Slated for 2018 Implementation By David Stevens and Jasmine Chung Jun 01, 2017 On May 18, 2017, the federal government released a technical report regarding the much-anticipated national carbon pricing framework. As previously discussed, provinces will have until the end of 2017 to set their own pricing. Starting January 1, 2018, however, federally-imposed pricing will take...

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Expert Panel Releases Report on Modernization of the NEB By David Stevens May 18, 2017 On May 15, 2017, the Expert Panel on the Modernization of the National Energy Board (NEB) released their report, titled “Forward, Together: Enabling Canada’s Clean, Safe and Secure Energy Future” (the Report). A key recommendation in the Report is the need for a clearly-defined ...
NEB Publishes Energy East Project Draft Lists of Issues For Comment By David Stevens May 16, 2017 On May 10, 2017, the National Energy Board (NEB) issued a letter on the draft Lists of Issues related to the Energy East and Eastern Mainline pipeline projects, as well as draft Factors and Scope of the Factors to be considered in the NEB’s environmental assessment of each project. As we ha...
Legislation Introduced to Implement Ontario’s “Fair Hydro Plan” By David Stevens May 15, 2017 On May 11, 2017, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 132, which is intended to implement the government’s promised Fair Hydro Plan (discussed in earlier posts, here and here). The main part of Bill 132 is the Ontario Fair Hydro Plan Act, 2017, which is included as Schedule I and is refer...

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NEB Makes Key Pipeline Safety Standard Available For Free By David Stevens Apr 17, 2017 On April 6, 2017, the National Energy Board (NEB) announced that it is launching a one-year pilot project to make a key pipeline safety standard available to the public free of charge. Up to this point, the Oil and Pipeline Safety Systems Standard from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Z662...

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Federal Expert Panel Releases Report on Environmental Assessment Processes By David Stevens Apr 11, 2017 On April 5, 2017, the Expert Panel appointed by Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change released their report on the review of federal environmental assessment processes. The report, titled Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada, describes the consultatio...

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Federal Budget Offers Opportunities for Cleantech Firms and Geothermal Energy By David Stevens Mar 24, 2017 On March 22, 2017, Minister Bill Morneau presented the 2017 Federal Budget to Parliament (Budget 2017). As discussed in the Aird & Berlis LLP Tax News Flash, Budget 2017 addresses a wide range of items and proposes to build on the Government's previous actions and to introduce targeted invest...

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TransCanada Wants to Build New Pipeline Before PNW LNG Facility Proceeds By David Stevens Mar 23, 2017 On March 20, 2017, TransCanada Corporation (through its affiliate NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.) filed an application with the National Energy Board (NEB) asking to amend conditions of approval for the North Montney Mainline natural gas pipeline project (the NMML). The NEB had approved the NMML proj...

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NRCan Developing Stringent Energy Efficiency Standards For Appliances and Equipment By David Stevens Mar 08, 2017 On March 4, 2017, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) issued a Notice to initiate the development of new or more stringent energy efficiency standards for 17 product categories of appliances and equipment. This is the first step in a consultation process that will result in updates to the Energy Eff...

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NEB to Restart Energy East Hearing Process By David Stevens Jan 30, 2017 On January 27, 2017, the National Energy Board (NEB) announced that the new Hearing Panel appointed to review TransCanada's Energy East and Eastern Mainline projects has voided all decisions from the previous panel. This means that the hearing process will have to be restarted, with all prior dec...
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