Facilities

The New Pipeline Safety Act Has Been Passed

On June 18, 2015, the new Federal Pipeline Safety Act (Bill C-46) received Royal Assent. The Pipeline Safety Act includes amendments to the National Energy Board Act (“NEB Act”) and the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act. These amendments impose greater obligations and liability on companies that operate federally-regulated oil and gas pipelines. The Government’s public statement indicates that the legislative changes will “strengthen incident prevention, preparedness and response, and liability and compensation.”

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Ministry of Energy Introduces Strengthening Consumer Protection and Electricity System Oversight Act

On June 2, 2015, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli tabled the Strengthening Consumer Protection and Electricity System Oversight Act in the Ontario legislature. The Act proposes legislative changes to boost consumer protection in Ontario’s energy sector, while strengthening the role of the OEB. Minister Chiarelli had previously provided an overview of the proposed changes while speaking at the 14th Ontario Power Summit last month. The tabling of the Act provides a clearer picture of the government’s plan.

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Minister Chiarelli Announces Legislation to be Tabled to Strengthen Role of OEB

Legislative changes intended to strengthen the role of the OEB in five core areas are coming. Energy Minister Chiarelli outlined these core areas during his keynote address at the 14th Ontario Power Summit on May 12, 2015.

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Update on the Large Renewable Procurement

On March 10, 2015, the IESO posted the final RFP and contract materials for the first phase of the Large Renewable Procurement Request for Proposals (LRP I RFP). Qualified applicants have until September 1, 2015 to submit project-specific proposals which must include full details about the project, including location, capacity, connection point and evidence of […]

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OEB Allows Greenfield South Power Corporation to Bypass Union Gas

On April 2, 2015, the Ontario Energy Board issued a decision allowing Greenfield South Power Corporation to construct a pipeline and facilities to connect its natural gas fired power plant to the Vector Pipeline Limited Partnership pipeline. This decision allows Greenfield to “bypass” the Union Gas Limited distribution system, and the approval was granted over Union Gas’s objections.

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