Climate Change / Renewables

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

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 […]

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Ontario’s Auditor General Raises Questions About Cap and Trade

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 […]

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Stronger Results in Recent California/Quebec Carbon Credit Auction

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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Alberta Announces a Consumer Electricity Price Ceiling and Major Changes to Electricity Market

The government of Alberta has had a busy month with several significant announcements relating to electricity in the province. At the beginning of November, the government released details of its Renewable Electricity Program (see our previous post). In the last week, the government has made two more announcements of significant changes to Alberta’s electricity market […]

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Federal Government Announces Plan to Phase Out Coal by 2030

On November 21, 2016, the Government of Canada announced that it plans to phase out coal-powered electricity and accelerate the move to new sources of clean energy by 2030 (the Announcement). The goal of the Announcement is to have Canada producing 90 percent of its electricity from all clean sources (including nuclear) by the 2030 […]

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