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

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Ontario Government Directs the IESO to Review Generation Contracts and Large Customer Billing Practices By David Stevens Nov 08, 2019 As indicated in the Ontario government’s 2019 Fall Economic Update, the Ontario Minister of Energy recently issued two Directives to the Independent Electricity System Operator.

Posted in: Ratemaking | Facilities | British Columbia | Practice & Procedure | Energy Policy

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British Columbia Utilities Commission Issues Draft Report Addressing the Regulation of Indigenous Utilities By David Stevens Nov 06, 2019 On November 1, 2019, the British Columbia Utilities Commission issued a Draft Report in its Inquiry Respecting the Regulation of Indigenous Utilities. The Draft Report sets out the commission’s recommendations about the extent to which “Indigenous Utilities” should be regulated in British Columbia.

Posted in: Ontario | Consumer Protection

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Smart Metering Entity Not Permitted to Sell Customer Data to Third Parties at Market Prices By Zoë Thoms Nov 01, 2019 The Ontario Energy Board recently rejected an application by the Independent Electricity System Operator, in its capacity as the provincial Smart Metering Entity, to sell non-personal data about electricity usage to third parties at market prices.

Posted in: Energy Policy | Ontario

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Province Implements Changes to Residential Hydro Bills to Highlight Provincial Subsidies By Zoë Thoms Oct 22, 2019 As of November 1, Ontario electricity providers will be required to list the total amount of the provincial subsidization of electricity charges on residential customer’s bills. The changes will not, however, affect the amounts currently paid by customers. This change is part of the provincial go...

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

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Ontario Government Should Have Consulted Before Repealing the Cap and Trade Regulation By David Stevens Oct 15, 2019 On October 11, the Ontario Divisional Court found that the Ontario government failed to comply with its legal obligation to consult before repealing the Cap and Trade Regulation.

Posted in: U.S. | Facilities

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California Electricity Utility Shuts Off Power to Prevent Sparking Wildfires By David Stevens Oct 10, 2019 As of October 9, 2019, Pacific Gas & Electric (the largest utility in California) has cut electricity to more than 500,000 customers in an effort to avoid sparking wildfires. This dramatic step is being taken in response to forecast high winds and low humidity, which together can create condition...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Facilities | British Columbia | Canada (Federal) | Alberta

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Federal Court Suspends Operation of Alberta’s “Turn Off The Taps” Legislation By David Stevens Oct 04, 2019 A recent Federal Court decision has granted the British Columbia Attorney General an interlocutory injunction suspending the operation of Alberta’s Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act. The decision prevents Alberta from making orders under section 2(2) of Bill 12 until the Federal Court m...
Climate Change Litigation: ENvironnement JEUness v. Canada Update By Zoë Thoms Sep 26, 2019 As we discussed in a prior article, climate change litigation has come to Canada. In November 2018, an environmental group called ENvironment JEUnesse (ENJEU or Jeunesse) applied to the court to authorize a class action against the Canadian government on behalf of Quebecers aged 35 and under. Lik...

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

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The Federal Court of Appeal Grants Leave to Six Judicial Review Applications That Seek to Quash the Reapproval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project By David Stevens and Codie Mitchell Sep 11, 2019 The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is once again in the hands of the Federal Court of Appeal after the September 4, 2019 decision in Raincoast Conservation Foundation v. Canada (Attorney General).

Posted in: Canada (Federal) | Energy Policy

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Government of Canada Establishes the Canadian Centre for Energy Information By David Stevens Aug 28, 2019 As promised in the 2019 Budget, the federal government is moving forward with the “Canadian Centre for Energy Information.” The Centre is a partnership between Natural Resources Canada and Statistics Canada.
Climate Change Litigation: Actions Against Corporations By Zoë Thoms and Christian Nianiaris Aug 27, 2019 Both public and private actors have brought litigation against corporations involved in the fossil fuel industry seeking redress for costs arising from climate change impacts.

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

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OEB to Hear Review Motion Regarding Electricity Distributor’s Proposal for New Office By Fred D. Cass Aug 26, 2019 In August 2019, the Ontario Energy Board issued procedural orders with respect to the hearing of a motion for review of its earlier decision on an application made by Energy+ Inc. for approval of an Advanced Capital Module project.
OEB Launches Review of Electricity Distributors’ DER Connection Policies By David Stevens Aug 21, 2019 On August 13, 2019, the Ontario Energy Board issued a letter launching a review of the requirements for licensed electricity distributors to connect distributed energy resources (DER Connections Review). The DER Connections Review is a companion initiative to the OEB’s ongoing Responding to DERS ...

Posted in: British Columbia | Energy Policy | Climate Change / Renewables

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BCUC Completes EV Charging Inquiry With Recommendations About Regulated Utilities’ Role By David Stevens Aug 15, 2019 In June 2019, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued the Phase 2 Report from its Inquiry into the Regulation of Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Service. This Report looked at the role that might be played by regulated utilities in providing EV charging services and concluded ...

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Powerful Women: Paula Conboy By Zoë Thoms Aug 13, 2019 We are pleased to profile Paula Conboy, Chair of the Australian Energy Regulator, in our ongoing Powerful Women series. In this interview, Paula shares her insight on the challenges facing the energy sector and offers five pieces of advice to women starting their careers in the industry.

Posted in: British Columbia | Canada (Federal) | Practice & Procedure | Facilities

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B.C. Pipeline Not Subject to Federal Jurisdiction Says NEB By David Stevens and Emily Chittick Aug 08, 2019 The National Energy Board (NEB) has determined that the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project (CGLP) does not fall within its jurisdiction. The CGLP is a proposed 670 km natural gas pipeline entirely within the province of British Columbia that would supply the LNG Canada project. The CGLP was authori...
2019: Energy Storage Developments in the Last Twelve Months By David Stevens and Emily Chittick Aug 02, 2019 Over the past few years, we have provided annual updates on the topic of energy storage in North America and elsewhere. In this article, we will explore storage developments in Canada, the United States and beyond since our post last summer.

Posted in: Facilities | Energy Storage | Ratemaking | Ontario | Energy Policy

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OEB Taking a “Refreshed Approach” to Its DER and Utility Remuneration Consultation By David Stevens Jul 24, 2019 On July 17, 2019, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued a letter explaining its “refreshed” approach to stakeholder engagement for its previously-announced consultation processes on Utility Remuneration and Responding to Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). Among other things, the OEB’s updated a...

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Ontario Government Planning Expanded Rebate to Electricity Customers By David Stevens Jul 18, 2019 On July 9, the Ontario government posted a Proposal of planned changes to regulations under the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016 that are intended to allow for and direct expanded on-bill rebates or credits for Ontario electricity consumers.

Posted in: Environmental Issues | Energy Policy | Climate Change / Renewables

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Climate Change Litigation: Urgenda Update By Zoë Thoms and Christian Nianiaris Jul 05, 2019 In Urgenda Foundation v. The State of the Netherlands (2015), the State of Netherlands was found by the court to have an affirmative duty toward its citizens to take action against climate change. Since the initial decision, plaintiffs in other jurisdictions have used it as a framework to bring c...

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

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Ontario Court of Appeal Rules That Federal Carbon Pricing Act Is Constitutional By Zoë Thoms and Emily Chittick Jul 04, 2019 The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that federal carbon pricing is constitutional. In a 4-1 decision, the court rejected Ontario’s claim that the federal carbon levy is outside the federal government’s jurisdiction. This decision comes just a month after the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal release...

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

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Amendments to Ontario’s Renewable Energy Facility Regulations By Emily Chittick and David Stevens Jun 21, 2019 On May 31, 2019, the Ontario government published two new regulations relating to renewable energy facilities. The first – O. Reg. 121/19: Transitional Matters – Renewable Energy Generation Facilities – made under the Planning Act, provides clarity on the authority of municipal planning authoriti...

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

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Canada’s Carbon Pricing Strategy Falls Short of Paris Agreement Target By David Stevens and Stan Fedun Jun 18, 2019 A recent report published by the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Closing the Gap: Carbon pricing for the Paris target, estimates that Canada will need to impose a total carbon tax of $102 per tonne if it wishes to meet its Paris Agreement emissions target by 2030. Under the Paris Agre...
Alberta Passes Legislation to Repeal Provincial Carbon Tax By Stan Fedun and David Stevens Jun 17, 2019 Shortly after Alberta’s United Conservative Party won a majority mandate, Premier Jason Kenney announced the first order of business for his government would be to “repeal the carbon tax, implement the Job Creation Tax Cut, cut red tape and open Alberta for business.”
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