TransCanada Corp. Files Consolidated Energy East Application

By Zoë Thoms on May 27, 2016

The National Energy Board recently tweeted a picture of the filed consolidated Energy East application, all 38,885 pages of it. As we discussed in a previous post, earlier this year the NEB directed TransCanada Corp. to file the consolidated version of the application to address the NEB’s concern that the Energy East application had become too complicated even for experts to navigate.


B.C. Regulation Exempts Completed Projects from Provincial Environmental Review

By David Stevens on May 26, 2016

The British Columbia Government’s Cabinet recently approved an “exemption regulation” under the Environmental Assessment Act that will exempt previously approved and constructed projects from requiring an environmental assessment certificate. The “exemption regulation” is made in response to the British Columbia Supreme Court decision in Coastal First Nations v. British Columbia (Environment).


OEB’s Consultation into Regulatory Treatment of Pension Costs is Moving Ahead

By David Stevens on May 25, 2016

As we reported last year, regulated utilities in Ontario can expect changes to the reporting and recoverability in rates of their pension costs. The Ontario Energy Board’s previously announced consultation to look at how pension and other post-employment benefits costs are treated for regulatory purposes will be the subject of a Stakeholder Forum on July 19, 2016. Presumably, the OEB will update relevant regulatory rules and instruments after that time.


Ontario Passes Cap & Trade Legislation

By Zoë Thoms on May 19, 2016

The Ontario legislature has passed its climate change legislation which will create a cap and trade system for the province. The Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act, 2016 sets out a framework for Ontario’s cap and trade program and enshrines emission reduction targets for the province.


OEB Provides Details of its Consumer Engagement and Representation Framework

By David Stevens on May 19, 2016

Recently, the Ontario Energy Board announced details of the much anticipated “Consumer Engagement and Representation Framework.” The focus of the planned new framework is on providing local consumers with greater access to and representation within OEB processes.


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