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Federal Government Announces Plan to Phase Out Coal by 2030

On November 21, 2016, the Government of Canada announced that it plans to phase out coal-powered electricity and accelerate the move to new sources of clean energy by 2030 (the Announcement). The goal of the Announcement is to have Canada producing 90 percent of its electricity from all clean sources (including nuclear) by the 2030 […]

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Minister Carr Appoints the NEB Modernization Expert Panel

On November 8, 2016, Natural Resources Minister Carr announced the members of the Expert Panel that will provide recommendations on modernizing the National Energy Board (NEB). The members of the NEB Modernization Expert Panel are David Besner, Wendy Grant-John, Brenda Kenny, Hélène Lauzon (co-chair) and Gary Merasty (co-chair). The panel members’ areas of expertise include […]

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Ontario Government Plans Changes to OEB Act, Including New Disconnection Rules

Recently, the Ontario Government introduced the second reading of Bill 27, which is titled Burden Reduction Act, 2016 (Bill 27). This is “omnibus legislation” that proposes changes to a large number of statutes with the objective “to reduce the regulatory burden on business and achieve a cost savings for government.” Among other things, Bill 27 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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