Former Massey Energy Company CEO Sentenced To One Year in Prison

A Federal District Court Judge in West Virginia has sentenced former Massey Energy Company CEO, Donald Blankenship, to the maximum allowable sentence after his conviction by a jury last fall. The judge ordered Blankenship to serve one year in prison and to pay a fine of $250,000. The case is under appeal. In 2010, there […]


Feds Release Proposed Methodology For Estimating Upstream GHG Emissions in Federal Environmental Assessments

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) released its proposed methodology for estimating upstream GHG emissions associated with major oil and gas projects undergoing federal environmental assessments. This follows the federal government’s announcement earlier this year of its intention to update the federal environmental review process for major pipelines (previously discussed here). The methodology will consist […]


East-West Tie Designated as a “Priority Project”

A recent Order in Council from the Ontario Government designated the East-West Tie transmission line as a “priority project” under section 96.1 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 (OEB Act). The East-West Tie is a proposed transmission line that will add capacity between Wawa and Thunder Bay to support electricity supply to Northeast Ontario. […]


Proposed Regulation Would See Ontario Electricity Customers Fund Transmission Lines to Remote Communities

Currently, O. Reg. 442/01 (Rural or Remote Electricity Rate Protection) under the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 provides a subsidy to eligible consumers in rural and remote communities to cover part of the high cost of service in these areas. This subsidy is collected from all Ontario ratepayers and is provided to the distributors who […]


An Introduction to Energy Storage in Ontario

The use of new and existing technologies to store electricity is an increasingly important and visible issue in the energy field. Energy storage has been referred to by many commentators as a “game changer,” as it will greatly improve the efficient use of electricity resources (generation, transmission, distribution). At the same time, an increased role […]


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