Energy Policy

Another California/Quebec carbon Credit Auction Shows Weak Results

On August 23, 2016, the Quebec and California Governments announced the results of the eighth Cap and Trade System Joint Auction, held earlier this month. The results show that only around 35% of the available greenhouse gas allowances (credits) offered for sale were purchased. Many of the credits that were sold in California were consigned […]

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British Columbia Government Releases Its Climate Leadership Plan

On August 19, 2016, the British Columbia (BC) government released its Climate Leadership Plan. The Climate Leadership Plan is an update to the BC government’s 2008 Climate Action Plan, and it implements some of the recommendations made by the “Climate Leadership Team” that was established by the BC Government in 2015 to review options for […]

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Ontario Gas Utilities to Include Cap and Trade Costs in Their Delivery Rates

On July 28, 2016, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) released a decision providing some details about how Ontario’s gas utilities are to implement billing and provide customer information when the Cap and Trade program comes into effect on January 1, 2017. The key determination in the OEB’s decision is that the cap and trade costs will be passed on to gas utility customers as part of their overall delivery charges, not as a separate line item.

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First Nations and Ontario Strike Agreement-in-Principle for Sale of Hydro One Shares

On July 12th, the Province of Ontario and First Nations, represented by the Chiefs-in-Assembly,  announced an agreement-in-principle for Ontario to sell up to 15 million shares of Hydro One Limited to First Nation communities in the province. The Liberal government in Ontario has partially privatized the public utility, and so far 30% of Hydro One’s […]

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Geothermal HVAC Heats Up in the Wake of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan

Geothermal energy is starting to heat up in Ontario. Once considered too costly for domestic household use, recent policy moves by the province have demonstrated political – and financial – support for an expansion of geothermal HVAC technologies in the coming decades.

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