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

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New Ontario Government Outlines Plan for Energy, Gas in First Throne Speech By Zoë Thoms and Peter Dalglish Jul 13, 2018 The incoming Progressive Conservative provincial government delivered its first Speech from the Throne on July 12, 2018, in the Ontario Legislature. The speech set out the government’s agenda for the first legislative session of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario, which was officially opened on July ...

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

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Ontario to Cancel White Pines Wind Project By David Stevens Jul 11, 2018 On July 10, 2018, the Ontario government announced its three “top legislative priorities” for the upcoming summer sitting of the legislature. Two of these have energy implications. First, the Ontario government is cancelling the Cap and Trade Program. Second, the Ontario government also announced...

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

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Government of Ontario Officially Ends Cap and Trade By David Stevens and Stan Fedun Jul 05, 2018 On July 3, 2018, Premier Doug Ford announced that the Government of Ontario has revoked Ontario Regulation 144/16 – The Cap and Trade Program under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 and that his government will take immediate steps towards an “orderly wind-down” of al...

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

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Green Ontario Fund To Be Wound Down By Incoming Government By David Stevens and Stan Fedun Jun 28, 2018 During the 2018 Ontario general election, Doug Ford and Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives made a number of promises and statements related to energy policy and their plans if elected, including a promise to end Ontario’s cap and trade program. On June 15, 2018, Premier-Designate Ford announced ...

Posted in: Ratemaking | Practice & Procedure | Ontario

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OEB Issues Scoping Decision in Its Second “Proportionate Review” Proceeding By David Stevens Jun 28, 2018 On June 8, 2018, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued a Decision on Scope of Review in the Erie Thames Powerlines Corporation (ETPL) cost of service rate application. This is the second case that the OEB is considering under its new “proportionate review” approach. In the Scope of Review Decisio...

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Powerful Women: Shelley Babin By Corrine Kennedy and Zoë Thoms Jun 27, 2018 Shelley Babin is the Vice President, Law & General Counsel of Ontario Power Generation Inc. Shelley is an Accelerate Leader and a Mentoring Plus+ mentor for the development of high-potential employees, including those of visible minorities, and she is an advocate for diversity and inclusion initi...

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Ontario | Consumer Protection

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Aggregate Approach Applied By OEB to Determine Meaning of “Consumer” Under ECPA By David Stevens and Stan Fedun Jun 25, 2018 The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) recently ruled that the Energy Consumer Protection Act, 2010, (the Act) allows a retailer to aggregate a customer’s consumption at multiple locations for the purpose of determining whether or not that customer is exempt from certain requirements under the Act.

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

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Ontario Takes First Steps to “Cancel” Cap and Trade By David Stevens Jun 19, 2018 In a recent post, we asked what's next under Ontario's new government? It didn’t take long to get a first answer to this question. On June 15, 2018, Ontario’s Premier-designate (Doug Ford) announced “an End to Ontario's Cap-and-Trade Carbon Tax.” According to the news release, “cabinet's first ac...

Posted in: Ratemaking | Practice & Procedure | Nova Scotia | Facilities

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Nova Scotia Regulator Approves Smart Meter Project By David Stevens and David Mba Jun 18, 2018 Almost a year after receiving Nova Scotia Power Incorporated’s application, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has approved the $133.2 million Advanced Metering Infrastructure project that is expected to see the installation of 500,000 digital smart meters in Nova Scotia by 2020.

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

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B.C. Government to Undertake a Two-Phase Review of BC Hydro’s Costs, Competitiveness and Future By David Stevens and Peter Dalglish Jun 14, 2018 The government of British Columbia announced on June 11, 2018, that advisory groups consisting of government, BC Hydro and “experts” would begin a two-phase review of BC Hydro in an effort to cut costs and reduce rates for consumers, in addition to making the corporation more efficient and compet...

Posted in: Ontario | Energy Policy

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What’s Next Under Ontario’s New Government? By David Stevens Jun 11, 2018 On June 7, 2018, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative (PC) party won a majority of seats in the Ontario election. Before the end of June, the PC party will form Ontario’s next government, led by Premier-elect Doug Ford. Over the course of the election campaign, the PC party released its Plan for th...

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

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Petronas Invests in British Columbia LNG Project By Zoë Thoms and Peter Dalglish Jun 08, 2018 Less than a year after cancelling the $36-billion Pacific Northwest LNG megaproject in British Columbia, Petronas announced on May 31, 2018, that one of its wholly-owned entities will assume a 25 per cent stake of the LNG Canada project located in Kitimat, B.C.

Posted in: Canada (Federal) | British Columbia

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Supreme Court of British Columbia Dismisses Challenges to Trans Mountain Pipeline Environmental Assessment By Zoë Thoms and Stan Fedun Jun 05, 2018 On May 24, 2018, the Supreme Court of British Columbia dismissed challenges to the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project by the City of Vancouver and the Squamish Nation.​ Both parties petitioned the Court to set aside the Environmental Assessment Certificate issued by British Columbia’s Mini...

Posted in: Canada (Federal) | British Columbia | Alberta

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Government of Canada Purchases Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project for $4.5 Billion By Zoë Thoms and Stan Fedun May 31, 2018 On May 29, 2018, the Government of Canada announced a $4.5 billion deal with Kinder Morgan to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline and related terminal assets “in order to secure the timely completion” of the project.

Posted in: Canada (Federal) | British Columbia | Alberta

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TransCanada Receives Approval for North Montney Mainline Project Modifications By Zoë Thoms and Stan Fedun May 30, 2018 On May 23, 2018, TransCanada Corporation, through its affiliate Nova Gas Transmission Limited (NGTL), received approval from the National Energy Board (NEB) to modify its North Montney Mainline (NMML) project certificate and other related modifications.

Posted in: Practice & Procedure | Ratemaking | Alberta

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Alberta Government Makes First Payment to Electrical Utilities Under Price Cap By Zoë Thoms May 25, 2018 The government of Alberta paid $8.3 million to the electrical utilities in April under the province’s price cap. On June 1, 2017, the government introduced a cap on electricity rates of a maximum of 6.8 cents per kWh.

Posted in: Ontario | Climate Change / Renewables

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Once Again, All Current Allowances Sold Out in Ontario’s Joint Cap and Trade Auction By David Stevens May 23, 2018 On May 23, 2018, the Ontario government posted the results of the second joint Ontario, Quebec, California auction of greenhouse gas emission allowances, held May 15, 2018. The report shows that all current vintage allowances from each of the three jurisdictions were sold. Additionally, around on...

Posted in: Facilities | Energy Policy | Canada (Federal) | British Columbia | Alberta

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Alberta Passes Bill 12 Allowing Province to Restrict Exports of Oil and Gas to B.C. By Zoë Thoms May 18, 2018 The Alberta government passed Bill 12 – Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act on May 16, 2018, giving the province the ability to limit the export of oil and gas from the province. Bill 12 is aimed squarely at the Government of British Columbia’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline pr...

Posted in: Quebec | Ontario | Energy Policy

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Financial Accountability Office of Ontario Reviews Ontario-Quebec Electricity Trade Agreement By Zoë Thoms May 14, 2018 The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario recently concluded that Ontario ratepayers will save approximately $38 million under the Ontario-Quebec Electricity Trade Agreement.

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Supreme Court to Revisit Standard of Review in Appeals of Administrative Decisions By Zoë Thoms May 10, 2018 In a recent decision granting leave to appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada signalled its intention to once again consider the nature and scope of judicial review of administrative action, specifically the question of standard of review.

Posted in: Ontario | Climate Change / Renewables

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Rules Change to Make it Easier for Condo Residents to Charge Electric Vehicles By Zoë Thoms May 09, 2018 Condo residents and condo boards now face fewer obstacles when looking to install an EV charger. Amendments to the Condominium Act regulations will prevent a condo board from rejecting an owner’s application to install an EV charger so long as the owner meets certain conditions.

Posted in: Canada (Federal) | Energy Policy | Facilities | British Columbia

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Federal Government to Intervene in B.C.’s TransMountain Reference Case By David Stevens May 04, 2018 On May 3, 2018, the federal Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould announced that the federal government will intervene in the British Columbia government’s reference question to the B.C. Court of Appeal. The Justice Minister indicated that “[w]e are confident in Parliament’s jurisdiction and w...

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

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B.C. Government Asks Court of Appeal to Affirm Right to Limit Bitumen Shipments Through the Province By Zoë Thoms Apr 27, 2018 The Government of British Columbia submitted a reference question to the B.C. Court of Appeal regarding the recently-announced regulations that will stop pipeline companies from increasing bitumen shipments through the province. The government is looking for the court to affirm its jurisdiction t...
Saskatchewan Challenges Ottawa’s Proposed Carbon Tax By David Stevens Apr 26, 2018 On April 25, 2018, the Saskatchewan government announced that it has commenced a “reference case” to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, asking for a determination about whether the federal carbon levy will be "unconstitutional, in whole or in part." This is part of the effort of the Saskatchewan g...
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