Strong Results from Ontario’s First Carbon Credit Auction

By David Stevens on April 3, 2017

On April 3, 2017, the results from Ontario’s first Cap and Trade Program Auction of Greenhouse Gas Allowances were released. As explained in the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change news release, all available current allowances were sold, along with more than one quarter of the future allowances available for sale. The auction was […]

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Regulatory Changes to Support Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan Posted for Comment

By David Stevens on March 30, 2017

Earlier this month, the Ontario Ministry of Energy posted two notices about regulatory amendments being proposed to implement the Fair Hydro Plan announced by Premier Wynne. As we discussed earlier, the Fair Hydro Plan aims to reduce Ontario electricity bills by 25% through a series of measures, including eliminating the provincial portion of HST; extending […]

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Motion Dismissed When Two-Person OEB Panel Does Not Reach Unanimous Decision

By David Stevens on March 28, 2017

On March 23, 2017, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) released its Decision and Order in a Review Motion that the OEB itself had commenced, indicating that the hearing panel could not reach a unanimous decision. Essentially, the Decision and Order indicated that because the motion was heard by a two-person panel, it was necessary to […]

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Ontario Proposes to Restrict Landlords from Passing Cap and Trade Costs to Tenants

By David Stevens on March 27, 2017

On March 23, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Housing issued a Notice in the Regulatory Registry proposing changes to the General Regulation under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. These changes would stipulate that a landlord’s carbon costs within natural gas bills cannot be included when calculating above-guideline rent increases. This change is proposed in response […]

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Federal Budget Offers Opportunities for Cleantech Firms and Geothermal Energy

By David Stevens on March 24, 2017

On March 22, 2017, Minister Bill Morneau presented the 2017 Federal Budget to Parliament (Budget 2017). As discussed in the Aird & Berlis LLP Tax News Flash, Budget 2017 addresses a wide range of items and proposes to build on the Government’s previous actions and to introduce targeted investments aimed at fostering economic growth and […]

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