Ontario to Purchase Hydroelectricity From Quebec to Replace Gas-Fired Generation

On October 21, 2016, Premier Wynne announced that Ontario and Quebec have finalized an agreement for trading electricity, energy capacity and energy storage. This agreement follows the Memorandum of Understanding that the provinces had signed in 2014 to exchange electricity capacity and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Under the new agreement, Ontario has agreed to […]


Ottawa Issues New Regulation Setting Pipeline Companies’ Financial Obligations

Recently, the Federal Government published its proposed Pipeline Financial Requirements Regulation. This new Regulation would implement some aspects of the new Federal Pipeline Safety Act that came into force in June 2016. As we discussed earlier, the Pipeline Safety Act imposes greater obligations and liability on companies that operate federally-regulated oil and gas pipelines. An […]


National Energy Board Releases Report on Canada’s Renewable Power Landscape

On October 14, 2016, the National Energy Board (NEB) released a report on Canada’s Renewable Energy Landscape (the Report). The Report is one of a series of publications on energy supply, demand and infrastructure that the NEB publishes regularly as part of its ongoing market monitoring. One of the key findings of the Report is […]


Ontario Ministry of Energy Initiates Consultations on LTEP

On October 13, 2016, Ontario’s Ministry of Energy announced details about promised consultations on the new Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP), including a Discussion Paper titled “Planning Ontario’s Energy Future” and a schedule for public consultation sessions across Ontario. The Discussion Paper builds on the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Ontario Planning Outlook, which “provides a […]


British Columbia Utilities Commission Denies Approval for Neighbourhood Energy Agreement

In a September 26, 2016 decision, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) confirmed earlier decisions denying approval of a “Neighbourhood Energy Agreement” (NEA) in downtown Vancouver (Northeast False Creek and Chinatown). The NEA is similar to a franchise agreement as it gives the proponent the exclusive right to operate in a defined area, including rights […]


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