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Court of Appeal Unanimously Rules Against B.C. Blocking Trans Mountain Pipeline

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. On May 24, 2019, the British Columbia Court of Appeal decided unanimously that B.C.’s proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act (Proposed Law) regarding the Trans Mountain expansion project (TMX Project) were unconstitutional. The court’s decision will have important implications for all provincial regulation of any works and undertakings, such… [Read More…] about Court of Appeal Unanimously Rules Against B.C. Blocking Trans Mountain Pipeline

Alberta Court Overturns Ministerial Decision on Oil Sands Cost Recovery

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. On judicial review, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench overturned a ministerial decision of the Alberta Department of Energy (ADOE) regarding costs incurred by an oil sands project owner in Fort Hills Energy Corporation v. Alberta (Minister of Energy). The case was decided on a standard of reasonableness and is… [Read More…] about Alberta Court Overturns Ministerial Decision on Oil Sands Cost Recovery

Pipeline Opponents Face Significant Obstacles in Securing Injunctive Relief

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. With the federal government recently approving major pipeline projects, it is expected that environmental and other special interest or lobbying groups will commence actions in an attempt to prevent or delay those projects from proceeding, which may include applying for injunctive relief. Those opponents face significant obstacles in… [Read More…] about Pipeline Opponents Face Significant Obstacles in Securing Injunctive Relief

Update on Electricity Rate Relief Program for Ontario Businesses

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. The expansion of Ontario’s Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) to provide electricity rate relief to more businesses comes into effect on January 1, 2017. Businesses who want to participate in the expanded ICI program must provide written notice to their electricity provider in order to qualify. In our September… [Read More…] about Update on Electricity Rate Relief Program for Ontario Businesses

Ontario Announces Proposal for Cap-and-Trade Offset Credits Protocols

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. On November 15, 2016, Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) posted its Offset Credit Regulatory Proposal on the Environmental Registry, where it will be available for comment until December 30, 2016. Offset Credits will increase the compliance options for facilities covered by the cap-and-trade program and they will… [Read More…] about Ontario Announces Proposal for Cap-and-Trade Offset Credits Protocols

Details of Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program: Program to Add 5,000 Megawatts of Capacity by 2030

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. On November 3, 2016, the Alberta government announced its endorsement of the Alberta Electric System Operator’s (AESO) recommendations for the Renewable Electricity Program (REP). The purpose of the REP is to encourage the development of 5,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity generation capacity in Alberta between now and 2030. If accomplished, Alberta’s… [Read More…] about Details of Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program: Program to Add 5,000 Megawatts of Capacity by 2030

Alberta’s “30 by 30” Renewable Energy Target: Will Wind Energy Projects Now Be Permitted on Public Lands?

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. On September 14, 2016, the Alberta government provided an update regarding its Renewable Electricity Program. In particular, the government confirmed a firm target of 30 per cent electricity from renewable sources by 2030 (30 by 30) and announced that it will support the development of 5,000 megawatts (MWs)… [Read More…] about Alberta’s “30 by 30” Renewable Energy Target: Will Wind Energy Projects Now Be Permitted on Public Lands?

New Opportunities for Ontario Businesses to Benefit from Electricity Rate Relief Program

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. During its throne speech on September 15, 2016, the Ontario government announced the expansion of its Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI), thus giving more businesses access to a program that allows customers to significantly lower their year-round electricity costs by reducing consumption from the provincial grid during times of… [Read More…] about New Opportunities for Ontario Businesses to Benefit from Electricity Rate Relief Program

Northern Gateway Project Approval Quashed Due to Inadequate Consultation

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. In its recent decision in Gitxaala Nation v. Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal (Court) quashed federal approval of the proposed Northern Gateway Project (Project). The Court held that although interested parties had ample opportunity to participate in the Joint Review Panel assessment process, the Government of Canada failed to… [Read More…] about Northern Gateway Project Approval Quashed Due to Inadequate Consultation