Facilities

OEB Requires Electricity Distributor to Take Over Embedded Distributor’s Operations

On April 4, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued an Order requiring Algoma Power Inc. (Algoma Power) to operate the electricity distribution system owned by Dubreuil Lumber Inc. (DLI) in the Township of Dubreuil (which is north of Wawa, Ontario). The OEB’s Order follows notification from DLI that it would not be able to […]

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Federal Expert Panel Releases Report on Environmental Assessment Processes

On April 5, 2017, the Expert Panel appointed by Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change released their report on the review of federal environmental assessment processes. The report, titled Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada, describes the consultation undertaken by the four-person Expert Panel and sets out a large […]

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Ontario Publishes Proposed Technical Changes to Cap and Trade Regulations for Comment

On April 5, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) issued a proposal titled Amendments to Cap and Trade Program Regulation and Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation. The proposal sets out plans to update how free allowances are calculated for certain industries, as well as plans to […]

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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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TransCanada Wants to Build New Pipeline Before PNW LNG Facility Proceeds

On March 20, 2017, TransCanada Corporation (through its affiliate NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.) filed an application with the National Energy Board (NEB) asking to amend conditions of approval for the North Montney Mainline natural gas pipeline project (the NMML). The NEB had approved the NMML project in June 2015, subject to certain conditions, including that […]

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