Energy Policy

Ontario to Establish New Corporation to Support the Climate Change Action Plan

On December 15, 2016, the Ontario Government announced a proposed regulation establishing the Ontario Climate Change Solutions Deployment Corporation. This fulfils a commitment made in the Climate Change Action Plan to create a corporation that will use some of the cap and trade proceeds to increase deployment of low-carbon technologies in households and small and […]

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Ontario’s Energy Minister Directs IESO to Fund New Programs and Amend FIT Procurements

On December 16, 2016, Ontario’s Minster of Energy issued a Directive to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to amend or revoke previous directions. The Directive addresses a number of topics, including amending targets for the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program, enabling funding for certain electricity distributor projects and activities, and reopening negotiations with Non-Utility Generators (NUGs) […]

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British Regulator Launches “Innovation Link” to Advise New Entrants and Startups

In early December 2016, the United Kingdom’s Office of Gas and Electricity Markets announced the launch of its “Innovation Link.” This is described as “a ‘one stop shop’ offering support on energy regulation to businesses looking to introduce innovative or significantly different propositions to the energy sector.” The idea is to provide support to innovators who are new to the regulated energy field, so that they can understand the regulatory implications of their ideas.

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Alberta Announces Changes to Balancing Pool

On November 29, 2016, the Government of Alberta announced that it had tabled Bill 34: Electric Utilities Amendment Act, 2016 (Bill 34) in the Alberta Legislature. When passed, Bill 34 will add an additional section to the Electric Utilities Act, S.A. 2003, c. E-5.1 (the EUA). The purpose of Bill 34 is to allow the […]

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Ontario’s Auditor General Comments on OEB Regulation of Natural Gas Sector

In a previous post, we discussed the parts of Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s 2016 Annual Report that look at Ontario’s planned Cap and Trade Program. There are other parts of the Auditor General’s 2016 Annual Report that focus on energy issues. In particular, there are two parts of the 2016 Annual Report that also focus […]

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