Climate Change / Renewables

OEB Convenes Net Metering Consultation in Advance of New Rules

On May 25, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued a letter convening a “Net Metering Consultation.” The Net Metering Consultation is intended to explore the implications of the updated Net Metering Regulation (which will come into force on July 1, 2017), and to determine what changes should be made to OEB rules and processes […]

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NEB Publishes Energy East Project Draft Lists of Issues For Comment

On May 10, 2017, the National Energy Board 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 have described in earlier posts, the NEB’s restarted hearing process for this proceeding required that all steps from the prior process were voided, meaning that the earlier Lists of Issues were no longer applicable.

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Legislation Introduced to Implement Ontario’s “Fair Hydro Plan”

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 referred to as the Fair […]

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CAMPUT 2017: Decarbonizing Canada’s Energy Future – Pricing Carbon

On May 8, 2017, the 2017 CAMPUT panel “Decarbonizing Canada’s Energy Future – Pricing Carbon” addressed the federal and provincial patchwork of carbon pricing in Canada and its impact on citizens’ pocketbooks and the economy. Panel moderator Joseph Doucet (Dean, School of Business, University of Alberta) highlighted the key issue in the move toward decarbonization […]

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Challenge to California’s Cap and Trade Program Dismissed By Appeal Court

On April 6, 2017, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District issued a decision dismissing an appeal of a lower court decision that had upheld the constitutionality of California’s Cap and Trade Program. The Court of Appeal’s decision means that the Cap and Trade Program will continue under the current legislation. The […]

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