Energy Policy

Ontario Government Introduces New Long Term Energy Planning and Energy Conservation Legislation

On October 28, 2015, Minister Chiarelli introduced Bill 135, which is titled the Energy Statute Amendment Act, 2015. The proposed new legislation proposes a number of changes to the Green Energy Act, 2009, the Electricity Act, 1998 and the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998.


Looking Ahead to What the Federal Liberal Win May Mean For Ontario’s Energy Sector

It has only been a few days since prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau’s election win and we are still over a week away from cabinet appointment announcements. It will be some time before the new federal Liberal government’s energy policy begins to take shape. However, the Liberal platform holds some clues as to what Ontario’s energy […]


New Net Metering/Self-Consumption Program in the Works for Local Renewable Energy Generation in Ontario

Ontario’s Ministry of Energy is undertaking a review of the province’s programs for individuals who generate their own renewable energy. There are currently two existing programs for small-scale renewable energy generation at the consumer level: the net metering program and the microFIT program. In July 2015, the Ministry of Energy established a working group to […]


Significant Interest Shown in Expansion of Natural Gas Distribution to Unserved Ontario Communities

In an earlier post, we discussed two related announcements that were expected to spur interest in the expansion of natural gas distribution service to unserved communities in Ontario. Since that time, there have been a number of developments that appear to show that there is indeed interest and potential for expansion to happen. The first […]


Ontario Government Releases Regulations to Support LDC Consolidation

The Ontario Government recently published draft Regulations that are intended to support and encourage the consolidation of LDCs. This is consistent with the recommendations in the Ed Clark Report and the promises made in the Government’s last budget, both of which were discussed in a prior post. The draft Regulations, which are open for comment […]


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