The Canadian Electricity Association has told the US Environmental Protection Agency that the United States could realize a significant emissions reduction benefit by using more clean electricity from Canada. The comments form part of the association’s submission to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
The Ontario Auditor General took the provincial government to task earlier this month over its smart meter rollout program describing it as having “not nearly enough planning or monitoring by the Ministry” and one that overstated its benefits by more than $500 million.
Following the release of Retain and Gain: Making Ontario's Assets Work Better for Taxpayers and Consumers in November, the Ontario Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets is taking the next steps towards local distribution company (LDC) consolidation.
The energy efficiency lobby is trying to convince the Canada Revenue Agency that parts of the tax code are out of date and that minor tweaks could make it easier and more cost-effective for building owners to do energy efficiency upgrades. Elizabeth McDonald, president and CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), tells Canadian Green Tech that it revolves around interpretive tax bulletins which guide CRA on how it categorizes spending on buildings.
It will come as no surprise to anyone that Canada has made little headway in reducing emissions, nor is it coming close to meeting its emissions reductions targets of 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 agreed to under the Copenhagen Accord. Environment Canada’s latest data shows that the country will be 116 Mt short of achieving its commitments.