Climate Change

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...

Spring Reports of the CESD   The Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD) recently released her Spring 2018 Reports.  There are three Reports: Report 1: Salmon Farming; Report 2: Canada’s Preparedness to Implement the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals; and Report 3: Conserving Biodiversity along with The...

An Update on the Federal Carbon Pricing Backstop: Draft Legislation and a Regulatory Framework Released   The need for a federal carbon pricing backstop was articulated in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change which, among other things, sets a benchmark for pricing carbon emissions...

Our energy footprints: carbon emissions and privacy We live in a data rich environment. We also leave a carbon footprint in our day to day lives. Current approaches to reducing emissions have focused on big emitters but evolving technology is enabling energy savvy consumers to save...