Electricity

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

Alberta Electric System Operator launches Rounds 2 and 3 of Renewable Electricity Program

Courtesty of Osler. View original article here. On March 29, 2018, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) launched Rounds 2 and 3 of its Renewable Electricity Program (REP). The REP is intended to incentivize the development of renewable energy projects in Alberta through a series of competitive processes aimed at adding 5,000 megawatts (MW) of… [Read More…] about Alberta Electric System Operator launches Rounds 2 and 3 of Renewable Electricity Program

Market Manipulation in Ontario’s Electricity Sector: Regulatory Responses

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. Stikeman Elliott recently contributed a chapter on “Compliance and Enforcement in the Ontario Electricity Sector” to The Guide to Energy Market Manipulation, a publication of the Global Competition Review. The chapter assesses how compliance and enforcement regimes and practices – including those aimed at addressing market manipulation in Ontario’s wholesale… [Read More…] about Market Manipulation in Ontario’s Electricity Sector: Regulatory Responses

Site C: Behind the Decision to Proceed

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. Site C is a 1100 MW hydro-electric dam on the Peace River in northern British Columbia.  It is being developed by BC Hydro, a British Columbia crown corporation, and has been under construction since 2014.  It is costly – at the time of BC Hydro’s Final Investment… [Read More…] about Site C: Behind the Decision to Proceed

Electrical Infrastructure Standards Updated to Meet Cybersecurity Threat

Courtesy of Bennett Jones. View original article here. A quote famously attributed to then FBI Director, Robert Mueller, in March 2012 advised that: “There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be.” With the rapid increase in the current plague of cyberattacks, a key issue for regulators… [Read More…] about Electrical Infrastructure Standards Updated to Meet Cybersecurity Threat

No Easy Way Out: BC Utilities Commission Issues Final Report Following Site C Inquiry Process

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. During BC’s provincial election campaign in May 2017, the NDP promised to send the Site C project for review by the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) if it was elected. Site C, a multi-billion dollar project to construct a third dam and generating station on the Peace River… [Read More…] about No Easy Way Out: BC Utilities Commission Issues Final Report Following Site C Inquiry Process

Site C: To Be or Not to Be

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original article here. New build major hydroelectric projects in Canada are proving costly, controversial and vulnerable to review and reconsiderations even after construction has commenced. Three recent examples of this are the Muskrat Falls project in Newfoundland, the Keeyask Dam in Manitoba and Site C in British Columbia. Each of… [Read More…] about Site C: To Be or Not to Be