Can Governments Rip Up Power Purchase Agreements? Only at a Steep Price

Contracts between power generators and central agencies have come under attack in Alberta and Ontario, and potential investors in the power sector are watching closely. After all, a so-called “power purchase agreement” is the instrument that provides certainty that someone will purchase the electricity that a generator produces over, let’s say, a 20-year period. That certainty allows the generator to finance the development of the power plant, wind farm or solar facility.


Feds Approve Pacific NorthWest LNG Project

The federal cabinet has approved Pacific NorthWest LNG’s proposal to construct a facility on the BC coast for the liquefaction, storage and export of liquefied natural gas via tanker to Pacific Rim markets. The project was assessed under the Interim Principles announced earlier this year by the federal government as an update on the environmental […]


MOECC Proposing Changes to Ministry’s Technical Guide to Renewable Energy Approvals

On September 1, 2016, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) released a proposal (the Proposal) relating to a number of revisions and updates to the Ministry’s Technical Guide to Renewable Energy Approvals (Technical Guide). The purpose of the Technical Guide is to provide an explanation of the requirements to complete an application […]


IESO Publishes Ontario Planning Outlook for Ontario’s Electricity System

On September 1, 2016, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator released the Ontario Planning Outlook, which is described as “a technical report that provides a 10-year review (2005-2015) and a 20-year outlook (2016-2035) for Ontario’s electricity system.” This report is in response to a letter from Ontario’s Minister of Energy requiring the IESO to prepare such a report to support the development of a new Long-Term Energy Plan.


ERT Releases Decision Approving Amherst Island Wind Project

On August 3, 2016, the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) released its decision in Association for the Protection of Amherst Island v. Ontario (Environment and Climate Change) (the Decision). The Decision relates to the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) granted to Windlectric Inc. for a 74.3 megawatt wind farm (the Project) located primarily on Amherst Island, approximately […]


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