Energy Policy

Ontario Announces Expanded Natural Gas Grant Program

On January 30, 2017, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure announced that the Province will provide $100 million for a Natural Gas Grant Program. The stated purpose of the program is to support the building of new natural gas infrastructure for communities without service, including those in rural and Northern Ontario and First Nations communities. The news […]

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BCUC Determines That it Has No Jurisdiction to Approve Low-Income Rates

On January 20, 2017, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) released its decision in a BC Hydro Rate Design Application (the Decision). The Decision addresses a number of issues related to how BC Hydro sets its rates, and will be applicable to the updated BC Hydro revenue requirement being determined in a separate proceeding. Among […]

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Details About NEB Modernization Expert Panel Consultations Released

On January 16, 2017, Natural Resources Minister Carr announced details about the upcoming cross-Canada consultations to be undertaken by the Expert Panel tasked with providing recommendations on modernizing the National Energy Board (NEB). This is the next step to implement the Terms of Reference established for this process. As we previously explained, the stated goal […]

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Ontario Seeks Input on Renewable Fuel Standard

In the Climate Change Action Plan, the Ontario government committed to implement a renewable fuel standard that would reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) from gasoline by 5% by 2020. As we explained in an earlier post, this is in addition to existing requirements for ethanol in gasoline and the Greener Diesel regulation. On January 11, 2017, […]

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OEB Posts 2015 Conservation and Demand Management Results

On December 29, 2016, the Ontario Energy Board posted the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) 2015 Annual Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Results Report (the Report). The Report outlines the 2015 CDM program results, including all electricity savings as a result of the various CDM programs delivered in 2015, participation levels and spending figures. The […]

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