British Columbia Utilities Commission Denies Approval for Neighbourhood Energy Agreement

By David Stevens on October 11, 2016

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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UPDATE: Feds to Impose National Minimum Carbon Price

By Zoë Thoms on October 7, 2016

All Canadian jurisdictions will have carbon pricing in place by 2018 at a minimum of $10 per tonne of CO2 emissions. Earlier this week, the federal government released details of a national minimum carbon price. The government had previously announced that it would impose a national minimum carbon price, but had not shared what that […]

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

By Ron Clark on October 6, 2016

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.

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British Columbia Utilities Commission Approves System Expansion Fund for FortisBC Energy

By David Stevens on October 6, 2016

In a recent decision, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) approved a “System Extension Fund” of up to $1 million per year to assist eligible customers in low density areas to connect to the FortisBC Energy (FEI) gas distribution system. The approval is in the form of a four-year pilot program, under which FEI will […]

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OEB Issues Regulatory Framework for Gas Distributor Cap and Trade Costs

By David Stevens on October 3, 2016

On September 26, 2016, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) released its Regulatory Framework for the Assessment of Costs of Natural Gas Utilities’ Cap and Trade Activities (the “Framework”). The OEB’s explanatory letter states that the Framework is intended to facilitate the recovery of costs incurred by rate-regulated natural gas utilities (Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Natural […]

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