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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 By some measures, up to 40% of all projects seeking federal approvals are withdrawn or terminated by sponsors or rejected by regulators.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

Indigenous Implications of Bills C-69 and C-68 – Worth a Second Look

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On August 28, 2019, Canada’s new federal environmental legislation under Bill C-69 (including the Impact Assessment Act (IAA), Canadian Energy Regulator Act (CERA), and Canadian Navigable Waters Act (CNWA)) and Bill C-68 (amendments to the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence) came into force.  These new statutes and legislative amendments introduce… [Read More…] about Indigenous Implications of Bills C-69 and C-68 – Worth a Second Look

Environmental Litigation on the Rise in Corporate Canada and Around the World

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. Climate change litigation continues to evolve in many jurisdictions and Canada has seen its fair share of proceedings seeking to hold governments and the oil and gas, energy and power industries responsible for carbon dioxide emissions. CLIMATE CHANGE LITIGATION AT HOME AND ABROAD Europe The genesis of much… [Read More…] about Environmental Litigation on the Rise in Corporate Canada and Around the World

Indigenous Peoples’ Ownership of Energy Projects

Courtesy of Stikeman Elliott. View original post here. Federal and provincial governments are required to consult with and accommodate Indigenous peoples whose rights may be affected by proposed energy projects. These requirements have led to the now standard practice of developers entering into benefit agreements with Indigenous communities for the supply of some of the… [Read More…] about Indigenous Peoples’ Ownership of Energy Projects

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

From Environmental Assessments to Impact Assessments: New Federal Impact Assessment Act Coming Into Force Soon

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On August 28, 2019, the Impact Assessment Act (the “IAA”) will come into force and replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (“CEAA 2012”). We have previously written about the IAA and the changes that it will bring to the environmental assessment (now impact assessment) process in Canada. The projects and activities that will be… [Read More…] about From Environmental Assessments to Impact Assessments: New Federal Impact Assessment Act Coming Into Force Soon

Where is Canada on Climate Change Disclosure? More Guidance; But Old Rules

Courtesy of Osler. View original article here. Demands for better reporting on climate change risks and opportunities by investors and the public have been increasing, prompting the Canadian Securities Administrators in March 2017 to launch a climate change disclosure review. One result of that review was the issuance on August 1, 2019 of CSA Staff Notice… [Read More…] about Where is Canada on Climate Change Disclosure? More Guidance; But Old Rules

Federal Overhaul of Environmental Laws to Take Effect August 28, 2019

Courtesy of Blakes. View original article here. The federal government’s long-awaited overhaul of key environmental laws (Bill C-69, which implements the new Impact Assessment Act, the Canadian Energy Regulator Act and the Canadian Navigable Waters Act and related regulations) will take effect on August 28, 2019. The Impact Assessment Act will replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, (CEAA 2012) overhauling the federal environmental… [Read More…] about Federal Overhaul of Environmental Laws to Take Effect August 28, 2019