On February 1, 2016 the Petrochemicals Diversification Program (the “PDP”) was announced as “part of the government’s continued action on the economy, helping to create jobs, attract investment and diversify Alberta’s economy.” This announcement was made in the wake of the results of the royalty review released on January 30, 2016, with comparatively little fanfare. Premised on the goal of diversifying Alberta’s economy, and based on the availability of methane and propane in the province, the PDP in its Fact Sheet proposes to capitalize on demand for related higher-value products and promote energy processing within the province.… Continue ReadingRead This Post
Categories: Community Projects, Québec Hydro-Québec, Wind
Late in December 2015, Hydro-Québec Distribution (“HQD”) announced the postponement by one year of the deadline for submissions in response to its request for proposals (A/P 2015-01) (“RFP”) issued on October 23, 2015 for the development, building and operation of a 6 MW wind farm in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, in Québec. The objective of this RFP is to integrate a wind farm into the off-grid system of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, which would contribute to reducing Hydro-Québec’s use of its Cap-aux-Meules oil-fired thermal plant.… Continue ReadingRead This Post
Categories: Aboriginal, Federal, National Energy Board
On January 27, 2016, the Federal Government announced five principles that will guide its discretionary decision making powers on major natural resource projects. These principles are intended as an interim measure while the Government undertakes a broader review of the environmental assessment process. As stated in the December 2015 Speech from the Throne, the Government plans to introduce new environmental assessment processes as part of its efforts to restore public trust.… Continue ReadingRead This Post
Anyone following the development of British Columbia’s nascent liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry will have a lot to watch out for in 2016. According to both government and industry-watchers, two major LNG projects – Pacific NorthWest LNG and LNG Canada – may reach final investment decisions (FID) in 2016.
In June 2015, Petronas-owned Pacific NorthWest LNG announced a positive FID on its proposed export facility on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, B.C. subject to two conditions. The first condition, approval by the B.C. Legislature of the Project Development Agreement with Pacific NorthWest LNG, was satisfied in July 2015. The … Continue ReadingRead This Post
Categories: Carbon Tax, Climate Change, Climate Policy, Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Power
As we reported in our earlier blog last fall, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) proposed certain amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation (O. Reg. 452/09) (the Regulation) in preparation for the introduction of a cap-and-trade system in the province. In December 2015, the MOECC filed amendments to the Regulation that came into force on January 1, 2016. An amended Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting was published at the same time.
The proposed amendments to the Regulation were subject to public review and comment in September and October 2015. Approximately 30 comments were received … Continue ReadingRead This Post
BC’s Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act (the Act) came into force on January 1, 2016. The Act was originally passed by the BC legislature in November 2014 and enables performance standards to be established for industrial facilities or sectors. The Act currently sets a greenhouse (GHG) emissions benchmark for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, along with an emissions benchmark for coal-based electricity generation operations. Performance standards for other industrial facilities and sectors will likely be added later on. The Act also streamlines several aspects of existing GHG legislation into a single legislative and regulatory system, including the GHG … Continue ReadingRead This Post
Utilities and power producers have an additional business risk that may need to be reprioritized. While there has been a long standing concern of possible cyberattacks against critical infrastructure, the energy industry has been relatively unscathed. Recently, however, there have been various reports of successful attacks worldwide.… Continue ReadingRead This Post
Categories: Carbon Tax, Climate Change, Climate Policy, Emissions Regulation, Emissions Trading
The Paris Agreement is a monumental triumph for people and our planet. It sets the stage for progress in ending poverty, strengthening peace and ensuring a life of dignity and opportunity for all.
– United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (December 12, 2015)
On December 12, 2015, after two weeks of marathon negotiations at the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21), 195 member nations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – including Canada, the United States, and a number of powerful developing countries including China and India – adopted the Paris Agreement (the … Continue ReadingRead This Post
Categories: Aboriginal, BC Hydro, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
This post provides an update on the latest developments in the litigation proceedings involving BC Hydro’s Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C). Please see our earlier posts on July 21, August 14, and September 2 for additional background on the proceedings.
At the outset, we note that on November 25, 2015, BC Hydro and the BC Government announced the awarding of a $1.5 billion construction contract for Site C to Peace River Hydro Partners (which includes Petrowest Construction, ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada Inc. and Samsung C&T Canada Ltd.). There will be an emphasis on hiring local … Continue ReadingRead This Post