AUC Approves $56 Million Payment From TransAlta For Price Manipulation

By David Stevens on November 13, 2015

The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has now approved the payment of $56 million by TransAlta Corporation (TransAlta) as an appropriate sanction for the finding that TransAlta had engaged in conduct that did not support the fair, efficient and openly competitive operation of Alberta’s electricity market. We described the AUC’s findings in an earlier post. As […]

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Supreme Court of Canada Says That Rate Impacts Do Not Justify Disallowance of Reasonable Costs

By David Stevens on November 11, 2015

On September 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada issued two decisions related to utility ratemaking. Much has been written about the OEB v. OPG decision, in relation to the Court’s review of the “prudent investment test,” and the administrative law implications of the decision.

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Ontario Energy Board Considers Relevance of Cost Impacts of a Potential Merger in a Rate Application

By Fred D. Cass on November 9, 2015

In the Spring of 2015, the merger of a group of Ontario electricity distributors, PowerStream Inc., Enersource Hydro Mississauga Inc., Horizon Utilities Inc. and Hydro One Brampton Networks Inc., was announced. After one of these distributors, PowerStream, filed a rate application with the Ontario Energy Board on May 22, 2015, an issue arose about whether […]

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Canadian Energy Pipeline Association Releases its 2015 Pipeline Industry Performance Report

By Cynthia Sefton on November 6, 2015

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) has recently published its Industry Performance Report. CEPA represents Canada’s transmission companies who collectively operate approximately 117,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada and move approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and about 5.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas annually. They transport 97% of natural gas and […]

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Update on Nova Scotia Tidal Power Project

By Zoë Thoms on November 4, 2015

The joint venture between Ireland-based OpenHydro and Nova Scotia Power affiliate Emera, known as Cape Sharp Tidal, is moving forward with plans for a fully grid-connected tidal array in the Bay of Fundy. One 2MW turbine is scheduled to be deployed by the end of 2015 with a second turbine to be deployed in early […]

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