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A Bridge Over Deregulated Waters: The New Navigation Protection Act

Posted in Policy, Water

The following post by Jordanna CytrynbaumMiriam Isman and Patrick Beechinor on our Real Property blog (The Lay of the Land) explaining amendments to the Federal Navigation Protection Act may be of interest to readers of this blog: A Bridge Over Deregulated Waters: The New Navigation Protection Act

On April 1, 2014, the Federal Navigation Protection Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. N-22 (the “New Act”) came into force, replacing the Navigable Waters Protection Act (the “Old Act”) and making notable changes to Canada’s regulation of waterways.  The legislative objective is to enable municipal authorities to … Continue Reading

Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan

George Vegh Discusses Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan on the Agenda with Steve Paikin

Posted in Energy – Conventional, Ontario Power Authority, Policy, Power

We are pleased to announce that George Vegh, the head of our energy regulatory practice, was recently invited to discuss Ontario’s new Long Term Energy Plan on the Agenda with Steve Paikin.  You can watch a recording of the program by clicking here.

For other posts on the Long Term Energy Plan please click here and here.… Continue Reading

Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan

The Government of Ontario Releases its Much Anticipated Energy Plan

Posted in Energy – Conventional, Ontario Power Authority, Policy, Power

The Government of Ontario today released the province’s most recent Long Term Energy Plan (“LTEP”). A copy of LTEP materials can be accessed by clicking here.  As expected, the LTEP did not provide any drastic supply mix or policy changes from current plans. However, there are a number of changes that are worth noting.

Major Supply Changes:

  • As expected, there will be no new nuclear facilities;
  • A schedule has been set for the refurbishment of the Bruce and Darlington nuclear facilities, starting in 2016;
  • The target for non-hydro renewable capacity remains unchanged, but its implementation is extended from
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Minister Bennett Addresses Opening of Clean Energy BC Conference

Confirms Resubmitted IRP Will Contain "Clean Energy Strategy"

Posted in BC Hydro, BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Independent Producers, Natural Gas, Policy, Power, Regulation, Water
British Columbia

British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett addressed the province’s independent power producers at the opening of Clean Energy BC’s annual conference in Vancouver on October 28, 2013. While confirming that there are currently no plans for a power call in the province, Minister Bennett acknowledged that his ministerial mandate specifically contemplates working with the clean energy sector to ensure that there remain significant opportunities for renewable energy companies to provide power to British Columbia, and made a number of observations, including:

  • policymaking continues to occur in a fluid and dynamic economic environment;
  • electricity rates will need to
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Québec’s New Regulation Regarding the Procurement of 450 MW of Wind Power

Posted in Aboriginal, Community Projects, Electricity, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Energy Partnerships, Local Distribution, Policy, Power, Procurement, Projects, Québec Hydro-Québec, Regulation, Wind

On August 28, 2013, the Québec government published a draft regulation under An Act Respecting the Régie de l’énergie setting out a framework for the procurement of an initial 450‑MW block of wind power of the previously announced 800 MW of wind power to be procured.

In summary, the core provisions of the draft regulation deal with the following:… Continue Reading

Changes to Nuclear Liability in Canada

Sixth Time’s the Charm? Long-Overdue Legislative Changes Announced by Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

Posted in Energy – Conventional, Nuclear, Policy, Power, Regulation

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver (the “Minister”), recently announced that the federal government intends to overhaul Canada’s Nuclear Liability Act (the “Act”).

Passed nearly 40 years ago, the Act has been instrumental in facilitating the development of Canada’s nuclear industry. It implemented, among other things, no-fault operator liability and a cap on operator liability. This approach is broadly consistent with other jurisdictions except that the cap on operator liability, fixed at $75 million in 1976, has been significantly outpaced in most other jurisdictions. This anachronistic limit has been a lightning rod for criticism as well as a significant … Continue Reading

2013 CAMPUT Conference

McCarthy Tétrault is attending the 2013 CAMPUT Conference

Posted in Electricity, Energy – Conventional, Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Hydroelectric, Natural Gas, Policy, Regulation

The 2013 CAMPUT Conference will be held next week in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This is Canada’s premier energy regulatory conference, bringing together all those who work in Canada’s energy regulatory space.

CAMPUT 2013, Serving the Public Interest: The Regulator’s Balancing Act, promises to be exciting. Speakers will include members of boards and commissions responsible for energy regulation across Canada, including the Chair of the Ontario Energy Board (the OEB) and other OEB members, as well as representatives of industry associations, academics and leading industry executives.… Continue Reading

LDC Reform in Ontario

Is Consolidation Needed?

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

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

CanWEA Western Forum 2013 in Vancouver

Posted in Energy – Renewable, Alternative and Clean, Policy, Procurement, Projects, Wind
AlbertaBritish Columbia

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) will host its Western Forum in Vancouver, BC on April 11-12, 2013. CanWEA promises that the event will focus on the “economic, social and environmental opportunities and challenges facing the wind energy industry in western Canada.” Forum sessions will explore the current BC and Alberta policy frameworks, power procurement opportunities in the west, and  current trends in financing and competing technologies. The forum will also address “social licence” issues for wind energy projects in western Canada. Registration information may be found here.

McCarthy Tétrault will attend the forum and we look forward to … Continue Reading