Energy Policy

Regulatory Changes to Support Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan Posted for Comment

Earlier this month, the Ontario Ministry of Energy posted two notices about regulatory amendments being proposed to implement the Fair Hydro Plan announced by Premier Wynne. As we discussed earlier, the Fair Hydro Plan aims to reduce Ontario electricity bills by 25% through a series of measures, including eliminating the provincial portion of HST; extending […]

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Ontario Proposes to Restrict Landlords from Passing Cap and Trade Costs to Tenants

On March 23, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Housing issued a Notice in the Regulatory Registry proposing changes to the General Regulation under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. These changes would stipulate that a landlord’s carbon costs within natural gas bills cannot be included when calculating above-guideline rent increases. This change is proposed in response […]

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Federal Budget Offers Opportunities for Cleantech Firms and Geothermal Energy

On March 22, 2017, Minister Bill Morneau presented the 2017 Federal Budget to Parliament (Budget 2017). As discussed in the Aird & Berlis LLP Tax News Flash, Budget 2017 addresses a wide range of items and proposes to build on the Government’s previous actions and to introduce targeted investments aimed at fostering economic growth and […]

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Study Estimates Billions of Dollars in Benefits From IESO’s Market Renewal Project

A recent study prepared by the Brattle Group and others for Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) estimates that Ontario could realize net benefits of $2.2 billion to $5.2 billion from reforming the wholesale electricity markets. This would be achieved through the IESO’s proposed Market Renewal Project. The benefits would start around 2021 and would […]

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Ontario Announces Fair Hydro Plan to Reduce Electricity Bills

On March 2, 2017, Premier Wynne announced the Fair Hydro Plan that is intended to reduce residential electricity bills in Ontario by 17%. Ontario’s government says that when these savings are combined with the removal of the Ontario portion of HST on electricity bills (discussed in an earlier post), the total savings will be 25% […]

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