On May 21, 2014, Mr. Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec, presented his inaugural speech at the National Assembly (available here in French only). This was Mr. Couillard’s first inaugural speech which laid out the priorities and guiding objectives that his newly-elected government intends to follow and implement within the next four years.
Below are selected highlights from the inaugural speech that are of interest for the Québec energy sector.
The Government announced its intent to relaunch the private hydroelectricity procurement program. This program involved purchases of electric power by Hydro-Québec from privately-owned 50 MW and less hydroelectric projects … Continue Reading
On March 31, 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator (“AER”) completed its transition into the principal regulator of the entire life cycle of oil and gas development in Alberta. The effect of the AER’s expanded jurisdiction is to consolidate decision-making relating to environmental and energy permits from disparate government bodies.
“The AER is now a full life-cycle regulator: from application and exploration, to construction and development, to abandonment, reclamation, and remediation.”… Continue Reading
The following article may be of interest to readers of this blog: Patent Law Year in Review: Oil and Gas (2013)
In 2013 the Federal Court experienced a surge in patent infringement actions. Whereas 48 patent infringement actions were filed in 2012, that number rose to 101 in 2013. Part of that increase came about because of growth in the oil and gas patent infringement sector. Put simply, oil and gas companies were more aggressive at enforcing their patent rights in 2013. Read More.… Continue Reading