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 […]


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 […]


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