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

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Ontario Publishes Draft Rules for Cap and Trade “Offset Credits” By David Stevens Oct 17, 2017 Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has published two proposals related to several new or amended regulations to facilitate linkage of Ontario’s Cap and Trade program with California and Quebec (discussed in an earlier post). The September 22nd proposal d...

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 ...

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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.”...

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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...

Posted in: Ontario | Practice & Procedure | Ratemaking | Energy Policy | Consumer Protection

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Selected Ontario Utilities to Test New Electricity Pricing Options By David Stevens Aug 30, 2017 On August 24, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced that three Ontario electricity distributors will be implementing new electricity commodity pricing options for consumers who use the “Regulated Price Plan” (RPP). Among other things, the new pricing options will include “enhanced” Time-...

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...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Ontario | Energy Policy

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Ontario Superior Court Dismisses Claim Challenging Sale of Hydro One Shares By David Stevens Aug 18, 2017 On August 14, 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a decision dismissing a claim made by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) against the Ontario government related to the sale of shares of Hydro One Networks Inc. to the public. The Court dismissed CUPE’s claim as b...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ratemaking | Alberta

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Alberta Utilities Commission Comments on Deemed and Actual Equity Ratios By Fred D. Cass Aug 03, 2017 On November 30, 2016, ENMAX Power Corporation applied to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) for approval of a deemed equity ratio of 37 per cent for its distribution and transmission functions for 2016 and 2017. In its earlier generic cost of capital decision (Decision 20622-D01-2016), the AU...
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...
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...
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...

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 ...

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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: Consumer Protection | Ontario | Ratemaking | Energy Policy

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OEB Announces New Electricity Prices to Reflect the Fair Hydro Plan By David Stevens Jun 23, 2017 On June 22, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board announced new electricity prices that are intended to implement the promised 25% bill reduction from the Ontario Government’s Fair Hydro Plan.1 For most consumers, the impact will be seen in the form of reduced Regulated Price Plan (RPP) electricit...

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Regulations Published to Implement Ontario's Fair Hydro Plan By David Stevens Jun 22, 2017 On May 31, 2017, the Ontario Government passed Bill 132, which is intended to implement the Government’s promised Fair Hydro Plan (discussed in earlier posts, here, 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 ref...

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OEB Provides First Look at Proposed New Cyber Security Framework By Gaurav Gopinath and David Stevens Jun 16, 2017 In December 2015, the lights blinked out across multiple provinces in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine. Nearly a quarter of a million people lost power. Shortly after power was restored, Ukraine’s Computer Emergency Response Team announced they had identified the root cause: a cyberatt...

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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...

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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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