Climate and Energy

The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Reports: Fall 2018 Edition   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...

New Small Scale Generation Regulation aims to fill the gap between micro-generation and large utility companies   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...

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 hydro...

Alberta Energy Regulator finalizes new Methane Requirements for Upstream Oil and Gas   As set out in Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) Bulletin 2018-37 issued December 13, new requirements meant to reduce methane emissions from the upstream oil and gas industry have been added to Directive 060: Upstream...

Overhaul of Alberta’s Remediation Certificate Regulation   On June 1, 2018 the Government of Alberta passed the Remediation Certificate Amendment Regulation by Order in Council. This regulation updates the current Remediation Certificate Regulation and re-names it the Remediation Regulation. The changes introduced by the Remediation Regulation are...

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...

Pickerel, Pipelines and Pancakes: A Summary of ELC's Green Regs and Ham breakfast discussion   “For too long Alberta has been forced to accept drastically reduced prices for our iconic fish-flavoured flat-cakes due to a lack of access to lucrative Asian breakfast markets.” With such an introduction and welcome...

Competing Methane Regulations: Alberta and Canada Release Methane Regulations in the Same Week   One of the pillars of the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan (ACLP) is the introduction of a methane emission reduction plan.  The Alberta Climate Leadership Panel set the goal of reducing methane emissions from oil...

The Environmental Law Centre is pleased to announce a new webinar series.   The webinars are based on current areas of focus at the ELC and seek to address how laws and regulations can contribute to managing environmental impacts on habitat, water or air. Topics for the 2018...

  ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTRE: The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been seeking strong and effective environmental laws since it was founded in 1982. The ELC is dedicated to providing credible, comprehensive and objective legal information regarding natural resources, energy and environmental law, policy and regulation...

For Immediate Posting Notice - Summer Law Student Position Accepting Applications for May - August 2018 Placement    Rate:    $20.00/hour   APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 13th 2018 The Environmental Law Centre invites applications from law students attending a Canadian university for a student research assistant position for May-August, 2018. Applicants...