Energy Policy

Cyberattacks or Squirrels: What’s the Bigger Risk to the Electricity Grid?

A humorous website, Cyber Squirrel 1, provides a map of all known “cyber squirrel operations” that have disrupted the electricity grid since 1987. According to Cyber Squirrel 1, there have been more than 623 successful “cyber war ops” by squirrels. Of particular interest to those living in Southern Ontario, there have been 52 successful “cyber […]


Ontario Commits to Bruce Power Nuclear Refurbishment Agreement

Ontario recently announced that the province has concluded a deal with Bruce Power to refurbish six of its eight reactors at the Tiverton-based nuclear generation station. The IESO (then OPA) and Bruce Power entered into negotiations following the release of Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan in December 2013, which indicated that nuclear power would account for […]


Ontario Government States That Bill 135 Answers Many Concerns Raised in the Auditor General’s Report

On December 2, 2015, Ontario’s Auditor General released her 2015 Annual Report. One topic within the report that has received a lot of attention from the media and commentators (see for example, here and here) is “Electricity Power System Planning.” The headlines have focused on costs to ratepayers from various Government policies and decisions. While […]


Ontario Announces Climate Change Strategy

The Ontario government announced its new climate change strategy on November 24, 2015. This announcement was one of several from the government over the last few weeks relating to climate change in the lead up to the Paris 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change. Last week, the MOECC released design options for the pending cap […]


Ontario Offers Public First Look at Cap and Trade Program Design Options

On Monday, the Ontario MOECC posted the Cap and Trade Program Design Options to the Environmental Registry. The province is seeking public comment on the options under consideration for Ontario’s GHG cap and trade program.


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