Category Archives: Renewable Energy

OPA Released New FIT/microFIT Price Schedule

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On September 30, 2014, the Ontario Power Authority (“OPA”) released a new FIT/microFIT Price Schedule (the “Price Schedule”). The Price Schedule will apply to any FIT contracts offered after September 30, 2014, including contracts offered through the extended FIT 3 program and will be effective on January 1, 2015 for the microFIT program. The Price Schedule was made in response ... Read More »

Climate Action is Happening Provincially: Former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore and Premier Kathleen Wynne Mark Elimination of Coal

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On November 21, 2013, Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore joined Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to celebrate Ontario’s shut down of the major coal-fire electricity generation stations in Ontario by the end of the year. The Thunder Bay Generating Station will continue to burn coal at higher-demand times and will be converted to burn biomass over the next year. The Premier ... Read More »

OPA Released Draft FIT Program 3.0 Documents

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On September 4, 2013, the Ontario Power Authority (“OPA”) released a draft version of the new Feed-in-Tariff Program 3 (FIT 3) incorporating changes such as, a decrease in the minimum domestic content level and a reduction in the pricing schedule. It will remain open for public comment until September 20, 2013. In order to prepare for the FIT 3 application ... Read More »

White House Provides Clarity on Climate Action

President Barack Obama removed his jacket as the temperature reached 32ºC during an address on climate change at Georgetown University on June 25, 2013.
Photo: Georgetown University

Written by Summer Law Student Jonathan McGillivray Former vice president and climate change crusader Al Gore called it “the best address on climate by any president ever.”  President Barack Obama delivered a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University in which he outlined his administration’s climate change action plan.  The plan brings clarity to the administration’s position on climate change and throws ... Read More »

Portents of a Low-Carbon Future

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Originally published in the Ontario Bar Association’s Environews Newsletter, Volume 22, No. 2 – December NRTEE Report, Emissions Trading Regimes and Recent Amendment to Local Improvement Charge Regulation Show Movement Towards  a Low-Carbon Economy By Laura Zizzo* The low-carbon economic future is now. From market projections for low-carbon goods and services to pockets of global carbon pricing and even to ... Read More »

MPP Tabuns and Former Deputy Premier Smitherman Discuss Ontario Energy Policy and the Way to a Renewable Future

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On January 28, 2013, Travis moderated a discussion between George Smitherman and Peter Tabuns on energy policy in Ontario. The panel discussion was hosted by the Climate Change Lawyers Network on Monday evening at WeirFoulds LLP. Saba Ahmad has a great article on her website. A big thanks to WeirFoulds LLP for the generous hosting. One excerpt from Saba’s article: The ... Read More »

Review of Ontario Feed-inTariff underway

As of October 31, 2011 the Ontario Power Authority is undergoing its 2-year review of the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program for renewable energy. Both the legislation implementing the FIT and the province’s Long-term energy plan released in November 2010 require this review. The price schedule for FIT projects will be a major focus of the review. In its news release, the ... Read More »

Ontario Closes Four Coal Power Units

Today’s permanent closure of four coal-fired electricity generation units marks a milestone in Ontario’s move towards a cleaner and greener electricity system. Coal is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. The Ontario government has pledged to phase out all coal fire generation in the province by 2014. Today two of eight units at Nanticoke and two of four ... Read More »