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Posted in: Nova Scotia | Climate Change / Renewables | Facilities | Energy Policy

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Proposed Amendments to Increase Innovation and Development in Marine Renewable Energy Sector By David Stevens and Rebecca Hines Oct 11, 2017 On October 5, 2017, the Government of Nova Scotia announced that it will amend its Marine Renewable-energy Act to make it easier for tidal technology developers “to assess innovative, lower-cost tidal energy technologies” and bring their technologies to market faster. The amendments are also inte...

Posted in: Energy Policy | U.S. | Climate Change / Renewables

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Directs Regulator to Assure Cost Recovery for Coal and Nuclear Generators By David Stevens Oct 10, 2017 In late September 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Energy (Rick Perry) issued a Direction and “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requiring the establishment of market rules to assure cost recovery for baseload generators. The specific requirement is for ...

Posted in: Climate Change / Renewables | Consumer Protection | Ratemaking | Ontario

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Proposed Legislation Would Require Cap and Trade Costs to Be Identified on Ontario Gas Bills By David Stevens Sep 28, 2017 The Transparency in Gas Pricing Act, 2017 passed second reading on September 21, 2017, and has been referred to the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. This proposed legislation, which is sponsored by an opposition party MP, would require that every gas...

Posted in: Ontario | Climate Change / Renewables | Ratemaking | Energy Policy

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OEB Approves Gas Utilities’ 2017 Cap and Trade Compliance Plans By Dennis M. O'Leary Sep 27, 2017 On September 21, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board issued its public and confidential decisions approving the 2017 Cap and Trade Compliance Plans filed by the three Gas Utilities subject to certain minor administrative adjustments. The Board approved the total estimated cost consequences for rate ma...

Posted in: Ontario | Energy Policy | Quebec | Climate Change / Renewables

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Ontario Announces Linkage of Cap & Trade with Quebec and California By Dennis M. O'Leary Sep 25, 2017 A number of provinces and states (including Ontario, Quebec and California) are members or participants in the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), a non-profit corporation which provides administrative and technical services in support of Cap and Trade Programs. Currently, Quebec and California hav...
BCUC’s Preliminary Report About Site C Reaches Few Conclusions By David Stevens Sep 22, 2017 On September 20, 2017, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued its Preliminary Report about BC Hydro’s “Site C” hydroelectric project. This is the final step in the “fact gathering” phase of the Government-ordered “Site C Inquiry Process.”...

Posted in: Ontario | Energy Policy | Climate Change / Renewables

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Ontario's Carbon Credit Auction Sells Out Again By David Stevens Sep 14, 2017 On September 13, 2017, the results from Ontario’s third Cap and Trade Program Auction of Greenhouse Gas Allowances were released. All available current and future allowances were sold at the September 6, 2017 auction. The recent auction was the third time that participants in Ontario&rsquo...
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...

Posted in: Climate Change / Renewables | Facilities | Canada (Federal) | Energy Policy

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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. ...

Posted in: Facilities | Ontario | Energy Policy | Climate Change / Renewables

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Ontario Announces Plans for Spending Cap and Trade Proceeds By David Stevens Aug 22, 2017 Recently, the Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced the creation of a $100 million Municipal GHG Challenge Fund. The new fund is intended to fund greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction projects in Ontario communities. Examples of the type of projects that might receive fu...
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...

Posted in: Ontario | Quebec | Climate Change / Renewables

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Green Bonds: A Developing Market for Clean Infrastructure Financing By David Stevens and Gaurav Gopinath Jul 13, 2017 The global market for green bonds has grown by over 100 per cent annually for the last two years, and is expected to reach US$206 billion this year – an oasis in troubled times for bond markets. On June 13, 2017, Apple Inc. announced that it had raised US$1 billion to finance renewable ener...
Ontario’s New Long-Term Energy Plan to Be Released Around Late Summer of 2017 By David Stevens Jul 11, 2017 On July 7, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Energy released a proposal for a new Regulation under the Electricity Act, 1998 that will specify the timing for Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP). If the Regulation is issued, then the new LTEP will be released within three months of the Regula...

Posted in: Climate Change / Renewables | Facilities | Energy Policy | Nova Scotia

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Federal Funds Rise for Tidal Power Research in Nova Scotia By Stephanie D’Amico and David Stevens Jul 04, 2017 On June 22, 2017, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, announced that the Federal Government will invest $1 million in a tidal energy project led by the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA). OERA is a not-for-profit organization focused on offshore energy ...

Posted in: Climate Change / Renewables

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Canadian Securities Regulators Turn Attention to Climate Risk Disclosures By Thomas A. Fenton and Gaurav Gopinath Jul 04, 2017 On March 21, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced that it will undertake a review of public company disclosures of climate-related risks. The review will assess Canadian and international disclosure practices and collect anonymous feedback from investors and issu...

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California's Supreme Court Confirms Dismissal of Challenge to Cap and Trade Program By David Stevens Jun 29, 2017 On June 28, 2017, the California Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a case that had confirmed the constitutionality of California's Cap and Trade Program. As explained in a news article, this marks the end of the current legal challenges to the Cap and Trade program in California. As we...

Posted in: Climate Change / Renewables | Energy Policy | Canada (Federal)

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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...

Posted in: Ontario | Climate Change / Renewables | Energy Policy

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All Current Allowances Sold at Ontario’s Second Carbon Credit Auction By David Stevens Jun 15, 2017 On June 14, 2017, the results from Ontario’s second Cap and Trade Program Auction of Greenhouse Gas Allowances were released. All available current allowances were sold at the June 6, 2017 auction, along with more than half of the future allowances available for sale. The recent auction was...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ontario | Climate Change / Renewables

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OEB’s First Long-Term Carbon Price Forecast Report By Jasmine Chung and David Stevens Jun 09, 2017 On May 31, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued its first Long-Term Carbon Price Forecast Report (the Report). The Report covers the 2018-2028 period and was prepared by ICF Consulting Canada. The Report projects a carbon price of $17 per tCO2e in 2018 rising to $57 per tCO2e in 2028....

Posted in: Climate Change / Renewables | Energy Policy | Facilities | Canada (Federal)

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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...

Posted in: Climate Change / Renewables | Energy Policy | Canada (Federal)

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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...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ontario | Climate Change / Renewables

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OEB Convenes Net Metering Consultation in Advance of New Rules By David Stevens May 26, 2017 On May 25, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued a letter convening a “Net Metering Consultation.” The Net Metering Consultation is intended to explore the implications of the updated Net Metering Regulation (which will come into force on July 1, 2017), and to determine what cha...
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...
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