Category Archives: Energy Regulation

Ontario Energy Board Bans Winter Disconnection

The Ontario Energy Board  (OEB) has moved swiftly to ban disconnection of residential electricity consumers for the period through April 30, as a first step towards implementing the Protecting Vulnerable Energy Consumers Act, 2017, which became law on February 22, 2017. In … Continue reading

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Standing Rock protesters celebrate victory as army blocks approval of Dakota Access Pipeline crossing easement

The U.S.  Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced yesterday. Jo-Ellen Darcy said she … Continue reading

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Ontario Passes Legislation to Reduce Electricity Costs for Families and Businesses

Continuing its program of affordable energy rates, Ontario today passed legislation that will rebate the provincial portion of the HST from electricity bills as of January 1, 2017. The government estimates that five million families, farms and small businesses will see … Continue reading

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Trudeau moves to unwind Harper’s rollback of Canada’s environmental protection legislation

In 2012, the Harper government made a series of draconian changes to Canada’s  environmental protection legislation, not least the rules on federal environmental assessment and those dealing with the review of pipeline applications by the National Energy Board (NEB). In January … Continue reading

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NEB recommends conditional approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Amid a flurry of protest from environmentalists and First Nations, the National Energy Board (NEB) has recommended that Canada’s  Governor in Council approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Project), subject to 157 conditions. Controversial aspects of the recommendation include the Board’s … Continue reading

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“A good day at the office” – Ontario Electricity Support Program Now Accepting Applications

Back in March of this year we welcomed the announcement of the launch of the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) for low-income electricity consumers. We noted then that the OESP is the culmination of a long campaign by the Low Income … Continue reading

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Public participation in federal environmental hearings: SCC refuses leave to appeal

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused leave to appeal a challenge to the constitutionality of the public participation provisions of the National Energy Board Act. In Quarmby, et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, et al., 2015 FCA (36353), … Continue reading

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OEB Report Concludes that Risks and Benefits of Energy East Need Better Balance

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) today released “Giving Ontarians a Voice on Energy East”, a report on its consultation and review of the proposed Energy East Pipeline. At the request of the Minister of Energy, the OEB led a review of the … Continue reading

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NEB asks Aboriginal Intervenors in Energy East project to provide oral traditional evidence

The National Energy Board (NEB) has asked the Aboriginal Intervenors in the Energy East project to indicate whether they will wish to provide oral traditional evidence. “Aboriginal groups have an oral tradition for sharing stories, lessons and knowledge from generation to generation. … Continue reading

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Ontario to Introduce a Cap and Trade, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading System

We congratulate the Ontario government on its announcement today that it will join the greenhouse gas, cap and trade emissions trading system under the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), of which Ontario has been a member since 2008. Although there has … Continue reading

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