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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...

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National Carbon Pricing Slated for 2018 Implementation By David Stevens 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...
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...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Climate Change / Renewables

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CAMPUT 2017: Decarbonizing Canada’s Energy Future – Pricing Carbon By Zoë Thoms May 12, 2017 On May 8, 2017, the 2017 CAMPUT panel “Decarbonizing Canada’s Energy Future – Pricing Carbon” addressed the federal and provincial patchwork of carbon pricing in Canada and its impact on citizens’ pocketbooks and the economy. Panel moderator Joseph Doucet (Dean, Scho...

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

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Challenge to California's Cap and Trade Program Dismissed By Appeal Court By David Stevens Apr 18, 2017 On April 6, 2017, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District issued a decision dismissing an appeal of a lower court decision that had upheld the constitutionality of California's Cap and Trade Program. The Court of Appeal's decision means that the Cap and Trade Program will ...

Posted in: Ontario | Practice & Procedure | Facilities | Climate Change / Renewables

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Ontario Publishes Proposed Technical Changes to Cap and Trade Regulations for Comment By David Stevens Apr 06, 2017 On April 5, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) issued a proposal titled Amendments to Cap and Trade Program Regulation and Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation. The proposal sets out plans to update how free allowa...

Posted in: Ontario | Conservation | Climate Change / Renewables

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Ontario Creates Green Bank to Fund Low-Carbon Tech By Zoë Thoms Apr 04, 2017 As promised in the Climate Change Action Plan, Ontario recently announced the creation of the Ontario Climate Change Solutions Deployment Corporation, also known as the Green Bank. The new provincial agency was created by the recently enacted regulation, Ontario Climate Change Solutions Deploymen...

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

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Strong Results from Ontario's First Carbon Credit Auction By David Stevens Apr 03, 2017 On April 3, 2017, the results from Ontario's first Cap and Trade Program Auction of Greenhouse Gas Allowances were released. As explained in the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change news release, all available current allowances were sold, along with more than one quarter of the future ...

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

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Ontario Proposes to Restrict Landlords from Passing Cap and Trade Costs to Tenants By David Stevens Mar 27, 2017 On March 23, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Housing issued a Notice in the Regulatory Registry proposing changes to the General Regulation under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. These changes would stipulate that a landlord's carbon costs within natural gas bills cannot be included when calcul...

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

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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...

Posted in: Canada (Federal) | Consumer Protection | Climate Change / Renewables

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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...

Posted in: Ontario | Climate Change / Renewables | Quebec

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A Return to Poor Results in the Latest California/Quebec Carbon Credit Auction By David Stevens Mar 02, 2017 On March 1, 2017, the Quebec and California governments announced the results of the tenth Cap and Trade System Joint Auction. The results show that very few of the available greenhouse gas allowances (credits) offered for sale were purchased (around 16.5%). This is a huge decline from the prior ...

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

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New Report Highlights Key Role Ontario LDCs Can Take In Advancing Distributed Energy Resources By David Stevens Feb 21, 2017 The Ontario Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) recently released a Report titled The Power to Connect: Advancing Customer-Driven Electricity Solutions for Ontario. The Report highlights how distributed energy resources (DERs) can support a more resilient and cost-effective electricity sys...

Posted in: Ontario | Practice & Procedure | Climate Change / Renewables

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Ontario's First Cap and Trade Auction Set for March 22, 2017 By David Stevens Jan 25, 2017 The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has released an Auction Notice for the Ontario Cap and Trade Program Auction of Greenhouse Gas Allowances to be held on March 22, 2017. This is the first public auction to be held. It follows a "practice auction" that was held earlier in ...

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

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Ontario Seeks Input on Renewable Fuel Standard By David Stevens Jan 17, 2017 In the Climate Change Action Plan, the Ontario government committed to implement a renewable fuel standard that would reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) from gasoline by 5% by 2020. As we explained in an earlier post, this is in addition to existing requirements for ethanol in gasoline and the Greener...

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

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OEB Posts 2015 Conservation and Demand Management Results Jan 13, 2017 On December 29, 2016, the Ontario Energy Board posted the Independent Electricity System Operator's (IESO) 2015 Annual Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Results Report (the Report). The Report outlines the 2015 CDM program results, including all electricity savings as a result of the vario...

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

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New Website Shows Cap and Trade Costs For Ontario Consumers By David Stevens Jan 11, 2017 Ontario's Cap and Trade program commenced on January 1, 2017. As we have discussed in earlier posts (here and here), the Ontario Energy Board previously determined that Cap and Trade costs will not be presented as a separate line item on natural gas bills. Instead, the Cap and Trade costs will be...

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

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Ontario to Establish New Corporation to Support the Climate Change Action Plan By David Stevens Dec 22, 2016 On December 15, 2016, the Ontario Government announced a proposed regulation establishing the Ontario Climate Change Solutions Deployment Corporation. This fulfils a commitment made in the Climate Change Action Plan to create a corporation that will use some of the cap and trade proceeds to incre...
Ontario's Energy Minister Directs IESO to Fund New Programs and Amend FIT Procurements By David Stevens Dec 21, 2016 On December 16, 2016, Ontario's Minster of Energy issued a Directive to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to amend or revoke previous directions. The Directive addresses a number of topics, including amending targets for the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program, enabling funding for cert...
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