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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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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...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Facilities | Quebec | Newfoundland

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Supreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Appeal in Churchill Falls Contract Dispute By David Stevens Apr 24, 2017 On April 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) granted leave to appeal to Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation Limited (CFLCo) against Hydro-Quebec in a case challenging the pricing for a 65-year power purchase agreement signed by the parties in 1969. As we described in an earlier post, C...

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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...

Posted in: Ontario | Practice & Procedure | Facilities | Consumer Protection

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OEB Requires Electricity Distributor to Take Over Embedded Distributor's Operations By David Stevens Apr 13, 2017 On April 4, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued an Order requiring Algoma Power Inc. (Algoma Power) to operate the electricity distribution system owned by Dubreuil Lumber Inc. (DLI) in the Township of Dubreuil (which is north of Wawa, Ontario). The OEB's Order follows notification from D...

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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...

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...

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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...

Posted in: Alberta | Facilities

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Alberta Energy Regulator Issues Report Highlighting Pipeline Safety Records By David Stevens Feb 27, 2017 On February 21, 2017, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) issued a report providing "detailed information on how pipeline operators are performing compared with their peers across Alberta." According to the AER's News Release, the Pipeline Performance Report is the first in a series of reports the...

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...

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Ontario Announces Expanded Natural Gas Grant Program By David Stevens Jan 31, 2017 On January 30, 2017, Ontario's Minister of Infrastructure announced that the Province will provide $100 million for a Natural Gas Grant Program. The stated purpose of the program is to support the building of new natural gas infrastructure for communities without service, including those in rural...

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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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NEB Moves Closer to Resuming its Review of the Energy East Proposal By David Stevens Jan 12, 2017 On January 10, 2017, the National Energy Board (NEB) announced the appointment of the three new panel members who will consider TransCanada's Energy East pipeline project. The hearing panel will be composed of presiding member Don Ferguson, along with Carole Malo and Marc Paquin.The NEB's announc...

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Federal Government Announces Plan to Phase Out Coal by 2030 Nov 22, 2016 On November 21, 2016, the Government of Canada announced that it plans to phase out coal-powered electricity and accelerate the move to new sources of clean energy by 2030 (the Announcement). The goal of the Announcement is to have Canada producing 90 percent of its electricity from all clean sou...

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Minister Carr Appoints the NEB Modernization Expert Panel By David Stevens Nov 10, 2016 On November 8, 2016, Natural Resources Minister Carr announced the members of the Expert Panel that will provide recommendations on modernizing the National Energy Board (NEB). The members of the NEB Modernization Expert Panel are David Besner, Wendy Grant-John, Brenda Kenny, Hélène Lauzon (co-ch...

Posted in: Ontario | Practice & Procedure | Facilities | Consumer Protection

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Ontario Government Plans Changes to OEB Act, Including New Disconnection Rules By David Stevens Nov 04, 2016 Recently, the Ontario Government introduced the second reading of Bill 27, which is titled Burden Reduction Act, 2016 (Bill 27). This is "omnibus legislation" that proposes changes to a large number of statutes with the objective "to reduce the regulatory burden on business and achieve a cost sav...

Posted in: Ontario | Facilities | Climate Change / Renewables | Quebec

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Ontario to Purchase Hydroelectricity From Quebec to Replace Gas-Fired Generation By David Stevens Oct 27, 2016 On October 21, 2016, Premier Wynne announced that Ontario and Quebec have finalized an agreement for trading electricity, energy capacity and energy storage. This agreement follows the Memorandum of Understanding that the provinces had signed in 2014 to exchange electricity capacity and reduce Gr...

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Ottawa Issues New Regulation Setting Pipeline Companies' Financial Obligations By David Stevens Oct 24, 2016 Recently, the Federal Government published its proposed Pipeline Financial Requirements Regulation. This new Regulation would implement some aspects of the new Federal Pipeline Safety Act that came into force in June 2016.As we discussed earlier, the Pipeline Safety Act imposes greater obligation...

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National Energy Board Releases Report on Canada's Renewable Power Landscape Oct 18, 2016 On October 14, 2016, the National Energy Board (NEB) released a report on Canada's Renewable Energy Landscape (the Report). The Report is one of a series of publications on energy supply, demand and infrastructure that the NEB publishes regularly as part of its ongoing market monitoring.One of th...

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

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Ontario Ministry of Energy Initiates Consultations on LTEP By David Stevens Oct 17, 2016 On October 13, 2016, Ontario's Ministry of Energy announced details about promised consultations on the new Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP), including a Discussion Paper titled "Planning Ontario's Energy Future" and a schedule for public consultation sessions across Ontario.The Discussion Paper buil...

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British Columbia Utilities Commission Denies Approval for Neighbourhood Energy Agreement By David Stevens Oct 11, 2016 In a September 26, 2016 decision, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) confirmed earlier decisions denying approval of a "Neighbourhood Energy Agreement" (NEA) in downtown Vancouver (Northeast False Creek and Chinatown). The NEA is similar to a franchise agreement as it gives the prop...
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