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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 ...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Climate Change / Renewables

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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...

Posted in: Ontario | Energy Policy | Consumer Protection

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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...

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...

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Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office Finds That “Fair Hydro Plan” Has a Net Cost of $21 Billion By David Stevens May 25, 2017 On May 24, 2017, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) published its Assessment of the Fiscal Impact of the Province’s Fair Hydro Plan. This Assessment reviews how Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan (FHP) will impact electricity ratepayers and provincial finances. As set out in...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Facilities | Energy Policy | Canada (Federal)

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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 ...

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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 | Practice & Procedure

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Modernizing Hearings – Facilitating Public Engagement in Decision Making By David Stevens May 10, 2017 On May 9, 2017, a panel titled “Modernizing Hearings – Facilitating Public Engagement in Decision Making” was presented at the 2017 CAMPUT Conference. The question discussed by the panel was how to address changes in public expectations in the face of important issues such as cl...

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Energy Systems in Transition- What Does That Mean for Regulators? By David Stevens May 09, 2017 The theme of the 2017 CAMPUT Conference was “Energy and Regulation in Transition: Charting the Course.” An interesting session on May 8, 2017, looked at “Energy Systems in Transition” and was titled “Winds of Change.” Sergio Marchi, the President and CEO of the...

Posted in: Consumer Protection | Energy Policy | Ontario | Ratemaking

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Recently-Posted OEB Report Supports Elimination of Distribution Charges for On-Reserve First Nations Customers By David Stevens Apr 27, 2017 As we discussed in an earlier post, one element of the Ontario Government’s Fair Hydro Plan proposes the creation of a First Nations On-Reserve Delivery Credit, which will eliminate the delivery charge for all on-reserve First Nations households. An Ontario Energy Board (OEB) Report to the ...

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Ontario's Electricity Rates to Go Down in Advance of Implementing the "Fair Hydro Plan" By David Stevens Apr 21, 2017 On April 20, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced that the electricity supply cost (Regulated Price Plan or RPP) for residential and small business customers will be reduced starting on May 1. As explained in the OEB's Regulated Price Plan Price Report, the reduction in RPP results from...

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ontario

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Report Says That Ontario's Electricity Costs Do Not Impair Automobile Sector Competitiveness By David Stevens Apr 19, 2017 A March 2017 report "Electricity Pricing in Ontario and its Effect on Competitiveness: An Automotive Manufacturing Case Study" concludes that Ontario's electricity costs have no meaningful effect on automobile sector competitiveness. The report was prepared by Greig Mordue and Kelly White and pub...
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