Climate and Energy

Climate Change and the Law: A Primer for Alberta Part One: An Introduction to Mitigation in Alberta Can anyone really have a right to sun?    The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) recently published its report on Climate Change and the Law which consists of two parts: Part One –...

Climate Change and the Law: A Primer for Alberta Part Two: An Introduction to Adaptation in Alberta   The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) encourages all Albertans to consider how governments, industry, communities and individuals can assist with adapting to climate change. The ELC’s second volume in our Climate...

Climate Change Litigation in Canada: Environnement Jeunesse v. Canada This past November, ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU), an environmental nonprofit in Quebec, applied to bring a class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada (GOC) on behalf of Quebec citizens aged 35 and under.[1] The claim alleges the...

In late 2018, the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD) released her Fall 2018 Reports.  There are four reports: Report 1: Toxic Substances, Report 2: Protecting Marine Mammals, Report 3: Departmental Progress in Implementing Sustainable Development Strategies, & Report 4: Environmental Petitions Annual Report, along with The Commissioner’s Perspective...

On November 22, 2018, the Government of Alberta (GoA) released the Small Scale Generation Regulation (SSGR)[1], in force on January 1, 2019. This regulation clarifies the regulatory process for small scale generation and is part of the result of an increased focus on renewable energy in the province. Although still early days, this regulation sets the stage for a middle ground between micro-generation and large scale utility...

ELC Regulatory Watch:  MD of Pincher Creek denies Windy Point Wind Farm Development Permits As part of the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan (ALCP), the Government of Alberta has committed to have 30% of the province’s electrical power generated by renewable sources such as wind, solar and...