Energy

Keeping up the PACE: An Update on the Pace Program and Associated Regulations   A previous blog post “Picking up the PACE and Running with City Charters: An Update on Municipal Government Act” introduced Bill 10: An Act to Enable Clean Energy Improvements[1] which amended the Municipal Government...

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...

ELC Regulatory Watch:  Upcoming AER appeal will shed light on EPEA approval amendments   The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) recently amended an Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) approval to add conditions dealing with remediation of contamination at the Gibson Hardisty terminal.  Gibson Energy is appealing the...

Habitat, what habitat? The Greater Sage-Grouse emergency order and a call for heightened due diligence [Revised]   This story is about investing in activities that occur in the habitat of species at risk.  It has a moral: stop doing it. This story features an oil and gas company,...

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...

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...

  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...

A wrap-up from October 3rd Green Regs 'n' Ham Who landed in the penalty box?   Tackling a topic that is of increasing concern to Albertans was on the agenda for an early morning breakfast talk on Tuesday, October 3rd 2017. Government representatives, environmental lawyers, industry professionals, law...