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LDC Reform in Ontario

Is Consolidation Needed?

Posted in Conservation, Demand-Side Management, Electricity, Local Distribution, Policy, Project Finance, Projects, Regulation, Transmission
Ontario

What is the most efficient way to organise the 80 licensed Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) scattered across Canada’s largest province? And how can the government of Ontario encourage much-needed private investment in the LDC sector?

The Ontario Distribution Sector Review Panel recently sought to answer these questions in its report, Renewing Ontario’s Electricity Distribution Sector. The report proposed that 73 of Ontario’s LDCs should be consolidated by the provincial government into 8 to 12 regional entities. These larger regional entities, they argued, would be better suited to lowering costs and attracting inflows of private sector capital. Larger LDCs could, … Continue Reading

Where the Sun Always Shines (Part 1 of 2)

Saudi Arabia is the New Frontier of Solar Power – And Opportunities Abound for Canadian Developers and Lenders

Posted in Demand-Side Management, Electricity, Energy – Conventional, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Fossil Fuel, Policy, Procurement, Project Finance, Projects, Solar, Wind

In Ontario, there hasn’t been much talk of the launch by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of its ambitious 54,000 MW renewable energy program. There should be: the sun-soaked country is intent on developing 41,000 MW of solar power capacity alone – well over twice Ontario’s 15,700 MW goal across all renewable sectors.

Saudi Arabia is intent on developing 41,000 MW
of solar power capacity alone – well over twice
Ontario’s 15,700 MW goal across all renewable sectors.

As recent as 2011, Saudi Arabia had no targets for renewable energy. British Petroleum estimates that “less than 1% of Saudi energy … Continue Reading