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Participants in Ontario’s energy sector face complex regulation and require multi-dimensional legal advice that is attuned to the unique challenges and opportunities in that industry. Our dedicated counsel, many with decades of experience, can support you in any energy issue you may face, whether arising from M&A activity among local distribution companies, building a renewable energy project or appearing before the Ontario Energy Board.
The Aird & Berlis Energy Group is a diverse team of lawyers from our corporate/commercial, regulatory, environmental, litigation, real estate, municipal and land use planning, corporate finance, financial services, intellectual property and tax groups, and is well equipped to advise clients on a broad spectrum of issues.
The Energy Law Group includes experts in:
- Electricity distribution
- Gas distribution
- Corporate governance
- District energy
- Hydrogen and RNG
- Geothermal and geo-exchange
- Conservation and demand-management
- Emissions trading
- Power transmission
- Corporate structures
- Joint ventures
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Consumer contracting
Our team has a comprehensive corporate and regulatory knowledge of Ontario’s electricity and gas industries. We are broadly recognized as experts by the energy law community, including the Ontario Energy Association, distributors, transmitters, generators, municipalities, financial institutions and other energy market participants.
We advise clients involved in energy projects in Canada and internationally, representing producers, brokers, industrial users, utilities, developers, governments and lenders. Our clients are involved in alternative energy projects such as wind power, solar, RNG, hydrogen and biofuel, as well as more traditional forms of energy. We work with private and public sector clients to assist with the strategic planning necessary to navigate the complex regulatory environment faced in the development of significant infrastructure.
We advise a wide range of clients, including the major distributor of natural gas in Ontario, whom we advise on regulatory matters. In addition to our work before the Ontario Energy Board, Aird & Berlis has also acted for energy sector clients in respect of applications before the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. We have a long history of successfully litigating in matters involving licences and other contract disputes, patent infringement and validity issues and trade secret cases for clients in the energy sector.
Through the firm’s affiliation with Interlaw, an international association of independent law firms, the Aird & Berlis Energy Group is part of the Interlaw Energy Special Business Team, representing legal experts in the energy field from around the world.
In 2022, Ron Clark updated and added to our firm’s leading text Ontario Energy Law: Electricity (2nd Edition), which provides background on the dynamics between government, regulators and regulated entities to enable readers to understand the way electricity is regulated in the province.
Enery Power Holding GmbH Acquires All Renewable Energy Operating Assets of Jade Power Trust in RomaniaEnery Power Holding GmbH, an Austrian-based renewable energy company, acquired all the renewable energy operating assets of Jade Power Trust (TSXV:JPWR.UN) in Romania for €71 million ($98 million) on ...
On May 2, 2022, Brantford Energy Corporation and Cambridge and North Dumfries Energy+ Inc. merged to form GrandBridge Corporation, the shareholder of GrandBridge Energy Inc., GrandBridge Group Inc., a...
SPARQ Systems Inc. Completes Its Qualifying Transaction With and Reverse Takeover of MJ Innovation Capital Corp.SPARQ Systems Inc., a solar energy solutions company, completed its qualifying transaction with and reverse takeover of MJ Innovation Capital Corp. (TSXV:MSMJ.P) on December 31, 2021. In connection wi...
On August 10, 2020, Energy+ Inc. closed a $55 million offering of 2.968% senior unsecured debentures due August 10, 2060.
On April 1, 2019, Veridian Corporation and Whitby Hydro Energy Corporation amalgamated to form Elexicon Corporation, and their subsidiaries amalgamated to form a single regulated electricity distribut...
Vineland Power Inc. (Vineland) was successful at a recent appeal before the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal of Vineland’s amended Renewable Energy Approval. The decision in Fairfield v. Director...
On September 8, 2014, an affiliate of Concord Pacific Developments completed the post-construction purchase of the 10MW AC ‘Mighty Solar’ solar generation electricity project from an affiliate of Cana...
Aird & Berlis LLP acted for Transeastern Power Trust (the “Trust”) on its initial public offering of units and convertible unsecured subordinate debentures for aggregate gross proceeds of approxim...
Estrella International Energy Services Ltd. Completes US$117 Million Acquisition of San Antonio ColombiaOn November 1, 2013, Estrella International Energy Services Ltd. (“Estrella”) (TSX Venture Exchange: EEN) completed the final step in its acquisition of the Colombian oil and gas service operations of...
OEB Staff Provide Guidance About Continuing Customer Eligibility for ICI Program After CDM Reduces Customer DemandA new bulletin provides guidance to Ontario electricity distributors (LDCs) and consumers about when consumers can continue to qualify for the Industrial Conservation Incentive (ICI) even where their ...
EnergyInsiderOn December 13, 2022, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued a Generic Hearings Protocol, setting out the factors that the OEB will consider in determining whether an issue should be determined through...
EnergyInsiderIn a Pathways to Decarbonization report released by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) on December 15, 2022, at the request of Ontario’s Minister of Energy, the IESO found that a morat...
EnergyInsiderIn her recently released 2022 Annual Report, Ontario’s Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk focused in part on the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), reviewing its role in protecting the interests of Ontario electri...
EnergyInsiderThe Ontario Energy Board will implement a new optional Ultra-Low Overnight Price Plan for Regulated Price Plan customers, to be available for May 1, 2023. Electricity distributors can choose whether t...
Firm NewsAird & Berlis is pleased to announce its inclusion in The Globe and Mail’s Canada’s Best Law Firms 2023 list. For a second year, The Globe and Mail's Report on Business magazine partnered with Statist...
EnergyInsiderIn April 2022, Ontario’s Minister of Energy announced the establishment of an Electrification and Energy Transition Panel, chaired by David Collie who is the former Chair/CEO of the Electrical Safety ...
Firm NewsAird & Berlis is pleased to present the 2022 edition of Doing Business in Canada. This publication was developed to provide a general overview of Canadian federal and Ontario law, and is intended for ...
Firm NewsAird & Berlis is proud to announce that 88 members of the firm were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. The firm is recognized across 43 practice ...
EnergyInsiderOn June 30, 2022, the Framework for Energy Innovation (FEI) Working Group issued its Report to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB).
EnergyInsiderOn February 9, 2022, the Minister of Energy posted a Regulatory Proposal seeking input on creating an optional enhanced time-of-use electricity rate. The OEB is directed to report back to the Minister...
EnergyInsiderThe Ontario Minister of Energy has asked the Independent Electricity System Operator to take steps toward creating a voluntary clean energy credit market for Ontario. The plan would see voluntary clea...
The Ministry of Energy Proposes Accelerated Treatment for New Projects to Support Critical Transmission Infrastructure in Southwestern OntarioOn January 20, 2022, the Environmental Registry of Ontario published a proposal by the Ministry of Energy to support critical transmission infrastructure in Southwestern Ontario. The proposal would pr...
Firm NewsAird & Berlis is pleased to announce that the following members of the firm have been recognized as top practitioners in the 2022 edition of Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Firm NewsAird & Berlis is proud to announce that 84 members of the firm were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. The firm is recognized across 43 practice ...