OEB Grants Approval for Creation of Ontario’s Second-Largest Electricity Distributor

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By Fred D. Cass on December 9, 2016

The Ontario Energy Board has issued a decision approving an application by Enersource Hydro Mississauga Inc., Horizon Utilities Corporation and PowerStream Inc. for approval to merge, and for the merged entity, “LDC Co,” to purchase and merge with Hydro One Brampton Networks Inc. As noted in the decision, the merger application was the first transaction […]


Alberta Announces Changes to Balancing Pool

Provincial legislature grounds in Edmonton Alberta.

By Pavle Levkovic on December 8, 2016

On November 29, 2016, the Government of Alberta announced that it had tabled Bill 34: Electric Utilities Amendment Act, 2016 (Bill 34) in the Alberta Legislature. When passed, Bill 34 will add an additional section to the Electric Utilities Act, S.A. 2003, c. E-5.1 (the EUA). The purpose of Bill 34 is to allow the […]


Ontario’s Auditor General Comments on OEB Regulation of Natural Gas Sector

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By David Stevens on December 6, 2016

In a previous post, we discussed the parts of Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s 2016 Annual Report that look at Ontario’s planned Cap and Trade Program. There are other parts of the Auditor General’s 2016 Annual Report that focus on energy issues. In particular, there are two parts of the 2016 Annual Report that also focus […]


Ontario’s Auditor General Raises Questions About Cap and Trade

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By David Stevens on December 5, 2016

On November 30, 2016, Ontario’s Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk released her 2016 Annual Report, which included a chapter titled Climate Change. The accompanying News Release titled “Ontario’s Cap and Trade Will Not Significantly Lower Emissions Within the Province by 2020: Auditor General” summarizes the concerns raised by the Auditor General about Ontario’s pending Cap and […]


Stronger Results in Recent California/Quebec Carbon Credit Auction

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By David Stevens on December 2, 2016

On November 22, 2016, the Quebec and California governments announced the results of the ninth Cap and Trade System Joint Auction. The results show most of the available greenhouse gas allowances (credits) offered for sale were purchased (almost 90%). This is a significant improvement from the most recent auctions (described in earlier posts, here and […]


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