Energy Policy

Ontario’s Electricity Rates to Go Down in Advance of Implementing the “Fair Hydro Plan”

On April 20, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced that the electricity supply cost (Regulated Price Plan or RPP) for residential and small business customers will be reduced starting on May 1. As explained in the OEB’s Regulated Price Plan Price Report, the reduction in RPP results from the anticipated impact of implementing the […]

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Report Says That Ontario’s Electricity Costs Do Not Impair Automobile Sector Competitiveness

A March 2017 report “Electricity Pricing in Ontario and its Effect on Competitiveness: An Automotive Manufacturing Case Study” concludes that Ontario’s electricity costs have no meaningful effect on automobile sector competitiveness. The report was prepared by Greig Mordue and Kelly White and published by the Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC), which is described as a […]

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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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Federal Expert Panel Releases Report on Environmental Assessment Processes

On April 5, 2017, the Expert Panel appointed by Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change released their report on the review of federal environmental assessment processes. The report, titled Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada, describes the consultation undertaken by the four-person Expert Panel and sets out a large […]

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Strong Results from Ontario’s First Carbon Credit Auction

On April 3, 2017, the results from Ontario’s first Cap and Trade Program Auction of Greenhouse Gas Allowances were released. As explained in the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change news release, all available current allowances were sold, along with more than one quarter of the future allowances available for sale. The auction was […]

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