Electricity

Alberta Utilities Commission Provides Needed Clarity on Electric Facility Applications

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. On March 5, 2021, the Alberta Utilities Commission (the AUC or the Commission) announced significant changes to Rule 007: Applications for Power Plants, Substations, Transmission Lines, Industrial System Designations and Hydro Developments (Rule 007). The Commission has now issued the revised Rule 007, effective September 1, 2021, following an extensive Commission-led consultation… [Read More…] about Alberta Utilities Commission Provides Needed Clarity on Electric Facility Applications

Oil & Gas in Canada: Update 2020

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. The latest edition of Oil and Gas Activity in Canada, Stikeman Elliott’s legal guide to the oil and gas industry in Canada, is now available. Written by our Alberta-based experts, the updated 2020 guide provides information on the Canadian laws and regulations affecting the industry. The topics that are… [Read More…] about Oil & Gas in Canada: Update 2020

Alberta Electric System Operator Announces New Energy Storage Procurement Opportunity

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. On October 14, 2020, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) announced plans for an upcoming Fast Frequency Response (FFR) Technology Pilot project.[1] The FFR Pilot is currently in its initial design phase and is expected to be implemented in 2021. The announcement presents a unique opportunity for energy storage… [Read More…] about Alberta Electric System Operator Announces New Energy Storage Procurement Opportunity

Alberta Revamps Carbon Pricing Regime for Large Emitters

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. In this Update On October 29, 2019, the Alberta government proposed new legislation for a revamped Alberta carbon pricing scheme, called the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) system. Once passed, the new legislation is slated to come into force on January 1, 2020. The TIER system will… [Read More…] about Alberta Revamps Carbon Pricing Regime for Large Emitters

Completion Risk, Legal Uncertainty and Federal Energy Projects

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. Recent studies have shown a high level of completion risk for energy projects subject to federal jurisdiction. By some measures, up to 40% of all projects seeking federal approvals are withdrawn or terminated by sponsors or rejected by regulators. For the largest and most controversial energy projects,… [Read More…] about Completion Risk, Legal Uncertainty and Federal Energy Projects

Electric Energy in Canada: Legal and Regulatory Dynamics of the Power Industry

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. Four partners from our national Energy Group recently co-authored the Canadian chapter in the second edition of Alternative Energy & Power, a publication of Chambers and Partners. The chapter surveys key topics, including: Structure and ownership of the power industry Market structure, supply and pricing Climate change laws and alternative energy… [Read More…] about Electric Energy in Canada: Legal and Regulatory Dynamics of the Power Industry

New NERC Directive Emphasizes Cyber Planning and Reporting for Electrical Energy Sector

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) recently adopted the Cyber Security – Incident Reporting and Response Planning CIP-008-6 directive (Directive), which creates new cybersecurity incident reporting obligations for bulk electric systems (BES) categorized as high or medium impact in North America. The Directive also emphasizes the importance of cyber… [Read More…] about New NERC Directive Emphasizes Cyber Planning and Reporting for Electrical Energy Sector

2018 Top Ten: Regulatory Decisions of Import to the Canadian Energy Industry

Courtesy of Borden Ladner Gervais. View original article here. At the beginning of 2018, our review of the 2017 Canadian regulatory events described them as dramatic, but the 2018 saga turned out to be nothing short of a blockbuster. Pressure built up to a bubble point at the federal and provincial levels of governments, and at the National… [Read More…] about 2018 Top Ten: Regulatory Decisions of Import to the Canadian Energy Industry

2018 Top Ten: Legislative and Policy Changes in the Canadian Energy Industry

Courtesy of Borden Ladner Gervais. View original article here. 2018 saw continuing shifts and uncertainty in legislative and policy developments for the oil and gas industry.  On last year’s Top 10 list, found here, we identified several proposed changes to energy regulation across Canada.  2018 further provided us with numerous policy changes, with implications uncertain and… [Read More…] about 2018 Top Ten: Legislative and Policy Changes in the Canadian Energy Industry

Government of Alberta launches and seeks input on Community Generation Program for renewable electricity

Courtesy of Osler. View the original article here. On November 22, 2018, the Government of Alberta announced that it is investing $200 million of Climate Leadership Plan funds to launch a new Community Generation Program (Program).[1]  The Program will support Alberta in reaching its target of 30% renewable electricity by 2030 and will provide dedicated funding… [Read More…] about Government of Alberta launches and seeks input on Community Generation Program for renewable electricity